Thursday, December 31, 2009
By BARRY BURLESON
High school basketball doesn’t rest much for the holidays.
Several county squads have hit the road this week for post-Christmas tournaments.
The longest trip belonged to the H.W. Byers Lady Lions, who traveled to Columbus, Ohio, to compete in one of the top five girls tournaments in the country.
The Class A Byers girls, two-time defending state champions in 2A, faced Brookhaven (Ohio) Monday and Kenton Ridge (Springfield, Ohio) Tuesday, both bigger schools. The Lady Lions carried a 13-3 overall mark to Ohio.
Coach Jason Thompson said 150-plus Division I college coaches will be in attendance at the Braggin’ Rights Classic.
“I wanted to give my kids a chance to get the exposure, plus see a part of the country they had not seen,” he said.
The sixth annual Braggin’ Rights Classic features four former state champions, two state runners-up and a host of district and regional champs.
Closer to home, the unbeaten Potts Camp Lady Cardinals competed in the “Battle of the Best” at Pontotoc High School Monday and Tuesday of this week.
Coach Tana Miller’s Class A squad (13-0) faced bigger schools Pontotoc (Monday) and Senatobia (Tuesday).
And looking ahead, those two county squads in the same district, the Lady Lions and the Lady Cardinals, face each other for the first time this season on Friday, Jan. 8, at H.W. Byers.
The Marshall Academy boys and girls tipped off their post-Christmas basketball this week by participating in the Magnolia Heights Classic.
The Patriots (10-4) battled big school Briarcrest (Memphis) Monday, while the Lady Patriots (8-9) faced Class 4A public school Lewisburg.
The tournament continued Tuesday and Wednesday with eight games (four girls and four boys) each day.
The MA boys will play in the Premiere Shoot-Out at North Pontotoc High School Saturday, Jan. 2. They will face Falkner at 9:30 a.m.
The Byhalia Lady Indians made the short trip to Collierville earlier this week to play in the annual tournament there.
And the Holly High Hawks and Lady Hawks swung back into action on Tuesday of this week with games at Booneville.
This Saturday, Jan. 2, Holly High squads invade rival H.W. Byers.
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