Thursday, December 24, 2009
Byhalia falls to visitors
By BARRY BURLESON
Byhalia dropped a pair of Region 2-4A games December 14 at home to Center Hill.
Coach Markeith Washington said his Lady Indians “came our really flat” and ended up losing 40-34 to the Lady Mustangs.
The Byhalia girls had suffered a tough setback in overtime to Class 6A Olive Branch the Friday before.
“Normally we come back from a Friday game and play on Tuesday,” he said. “It was like we did not have enough time to recuperate from the overtime game. We came out flat, and that’s not like my girls at all.”
The Lady Indians fell behind 14-4 after one quarter and were down 24-15 at the half. They trailed 31-20 following three periods.
Crystal Rayford and Briana Windham scored nine points each for Byhalia.
The Indians, in the nightcap, stayed close for one half before falling 70-56 to Center Hill.
Byhalia led 12-10 after one quarter and then trailed 30-27 at intermission. Center Hill went on a 16-6 run in the third period and went on to win by 14.
Washington said one of the team’s key players, Kenyatta Jones, was injured in the game “and after he went down it handicapped us a bit.”
Jones suffered a high ankle sprain and will be OK, according to the coach.
Courtney Warren poured in 26 points for the Indians. Alfonzo Wilson added 10.
“The guys are continuing to learn more and more,” he said. “I’m being patient with them. I don’t want them to get discouraged. They just need experience and playing time.”
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