Thursday, February 12, 2009
Lady Lions, Lions turn back Mantachie in region
By CLAUDE VINSON
The H.W. Byers Lady Lions stampeded the Mantachie Lady Mustangs in clock-busting fashion in their next-to-last game of the regular season.
Byers had struck for nine points before Mantachie found the bottom of the nets. Coach Jason Thompson subbed the entire team and the Lady Mustangs were able to pull even at the quarter’s end at 13-13.
The primetime players returned to the floor in the second frame and the score ballooned to a 29-point difference. The Lady Mustangs did manage to stick seven points to make it 49-20 at intermission.
In the third quarter, the firm of Jones (Rachel), Jones (Amanda), and Coleman (Kourtney) continued to lay down the law. Rachel Jones dished out seven total assists and Amanda Jones picked the pockets of the visitors seven times. Coleman pulled down a lion’s share of the rebounds at both ends. The Lady Lions’ smothering defense held the Lady Mustangs to a single basket to push the Byers lead to 76-22 when the third ended.
The Lady Lions scored 26 more in the final period with Rachel hitting the two clock busters at the line. The final tally was 102-27.
Coleman poured in 27 points. Rachel Jones and Amanda Jones added 23 and 18, respectively. Symone Gorman had 10 and Alexis Hardaway eight.
Rachel Jones had 13 assists, seven steals and five rebounds. Amanda Jones had 13 steals.
Sherita Dixon shot 10 for the Lady Mustangs.
Lions complete sweep
The Byers Lions got double figures scoring from four of their players to hand the Mantachie Mustangs their eighth loss of the season.
The Mustangs appeared ready to run. They scored first, then traded baskets before taking a 6-2 first period lead. They had a long range bomber, Ben McCarthy, who hit a pair before he was matched by the Lions’ Jarvis Ware. But the Mustangs still had the lead of 18-15 when the quarter ended.
The Lions took their first lead in the second frame on a triple by Demarius Scott. The trey put them ahead 24-22 with less than three minutes left in the second. They fended off a series of attacks by the Mustangs and then set up Fred Jones with a crowd-pleasing dunk to end the half 29-26.
The Lions achieved their largest lead in the third frame going to the quarter break with a 52-42 mark. The Mustangs made a run for it in the last period, turning 16 points, but the Lions would not be headed and went on to win 67-62.
Fred Jones and Scott led the attack with 21 each. Tedarian Bryson had 17. Ware pitched in with 10. Bryson had nine steals, six rebounds and three blocks. Justin Leveck and Jeremy Warren led the Mustangs with 20 apiece.
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