Thursday, December 17, 2009
Indians beat Lafayette to start district
By BARRY BURLESON
Byhalia High School opened Region 2-4A play last week with a split at Lafayette.
The Byhalia boys got 18 points from Kenyatta Jones in an 83-68 win over the Commodores.
“I told the boys that all the games until that point were really just practice games,” coach Markeith Washington said. “The district games are the ones that count, and we’re 1-0.”
Courtney Warren contributed 10 points for the Indians, who pulled away in the second half.
“We’re rebuilding, and we’re starting to play together,” said Washington, in his first season.
The Byhalia girls got off to a strong start but couldn’t stay on track. They fell 72-63 to Lafayette on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
Coach Washington said the team played without the services of point guard LaTarra Jones. She was scheduled to return to the lineup Friday at Olive Branch.
“Lafayette started pressing us when they realized we didn’t have our point guard, and we started making turnovers,” he said. “We can compete with anybody if we have all the pieces of the puzzle.”
Scoring in double digits for Byhalia were Megan Rayford with 25, Briana Windham with 14 and Erica Bougard with 11.
“We’re a young basketball team – just one senior,” he said. “We developing chemistry.”
The Lady Indians and Indians traveled just a few miles west to Class 6A territory Friday night and lost two at Olive Branch.
The Byhalia girls put out a strong effort, Washington said, before losing 64-59 in overtime.
“We had them beat but missed some free throws,” he said. “It was a pressure situation. The crowd was crazy.”
The Lady Indians trailed 27-24 at the half and 46-43 after three quarters but rallied to knot the game at 56 and send it to OT.
“We were successful trapping them in the fourth,” he said. “We created some turnovers and actually took the lead. They made a shot to send it to overtime.”
Bougard scored 21, Crystal Rayford 12 and Windham 10.
“I’m real proud of the girls,” Washington said. “We fought hard.”
The Byhalia boys ran into a strong Olive Branch squad and lost 81-50 to the Conquistadors.
“They overwhelmed my guys – they were so much more physical,” he said. “We couldn’t do anything with them down low.”
The Indians trailed 47-26 at the half.
Warren scored 16. Brandon Bougard contributed 14 rebounds, six blocked shots and six points.
Byhalia teams hosted Center Hill Monday. They visit North Panola Friday.
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