Thursday, December 17, 2009
Lady Lions go to 11-2
By BARRY BURLESON
H.W. Byers got off to a good start last week in Region 2-1A play.
The Lady Lions swept both Blue Mountain and Myrtle, while the Lions split against the same two schools.
Three Lady Lions scored in double digits as coach Jason Thompson’s squads dropped the Lady Cougars 67-51 on December 8.
Kourtney Coleman led the offensive attack with 16 points. She was followed by Alexis Hardaway with 14 and Kyra Gulledge with 10.
The Byers girls built a commanding 37-24 lead at the half.
The Lions had no trouble with Blue Mountain – coasting to a 79-43 road victory.
Marcus Rayford poured in 24 points for the Byers boys, also coached by Thompson. Jeremy Williams added 17.
The Lions led 28-16 at the half and then outscored the Cougars 28-15 in the third quarter.
The H.W. Byers girls survived a nail-biter Friday night at district foe Myrtle. Coleman hit a three with 10 seconds left to give the Lady Lions a dramatic 58-57 win.
“We set up a play for her to get open and either go to the basket or back up behind the (three-point) line,” Coach Thompson said. “She backed up and knocked down a three.”
The Lady Lions had what looked to be a comfortable lead at the half, 43-30, but let the big margin slip away. The Lady Hawks went on a 20-6 run to grab a 50-49 lead after three periods, but Byers pulled it out in the closing seconds.
Coleman had a game-high 24 points for the Lady Lions. Brionne Gulledge followed with 12.
The Lady Lions improved to 11-2 (2-0 in the district).
The Byers boys trailed big early but made the game close in the fourth. They fell 85-77 at Myrtle.
The Lions were down 24-4 after one period, 40-25 at the half and 60-43 following three periods.
“We didn’t quit,” Thompson said. “We were down by four with two minutes to play and then missed five free throws and five lay-ups.”
Williams was the top gun with 24 points. Others in double digits were Shantez Hearn with 10, Rayford with 10 and Mitchell Wilson with 10. Chris Echols and A.J. Mabon added nine and eight, respectively, in a a balanced attack.
The Lions moved to 3-8 (1-1 in the district).
Byers teams hosted Ingomar Monday and visited Ashland Tuesday. They play in the Jack Jones Classic this weekend in Memphis – the girls versus Millington and the boys versus Melrose.
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