January 7, 2010
H.W. Byers girls drop two in Ohio
Those were the words of coach Jason Thompson after he carried his H.W. Byers Lady Lions on a very long road trip between Christmas and New Year’s.
The Byers girls lost to a couple of big Ohio schools last week in the prestigious Braggin’ Rights Classic at Columbus, Ohio.
“We played in a big-time venue and got some valuable exposure for our girls,” Thompson said.
Lots of Division I college coaches were in attendance from various conferences.
“I got corraled by 10 or 15 coaches after our games,” he said. “They let me know they’re looking at some of our Mississippi girls.”
The Lady Lions fell to a much taller Brookhaven (Ohio), 51-31, on Monday, Dec. 28.
The opposing lineup, for what would be a 6A school in Mississippi, included some 6’3” and 6’2” players.
“We gave a valiant effort but they wore us down,” Thompson said.
“We started sluggishly and couldn’t get going. We had a long bus ride and a short night’s rest.”
The Byers girls arrived in Columbus about midnight and played at 11 a.m.
“Their school is five minutes away and ours is hundreds of miles away,” he said. “We had a 10-and-a-half or 11-hour bus ride.
“That took its toll on us, but they were a lot better team than what we’ve seen here. Hats off to them.”
Kyra Gulledge scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Byers. Kourtney Coleman added 10 points.
Byers trailed 25-12 at the half.
The Lady Lions played much better the next day, Dec. 29, as they lost 51-49 to Kenton Ridge (Springfield, Ohio) in overtime.
“We redeemed ourselves against what would be another 6A school in Mississippi,” Coach Thompson said. “We had the shots to win it, but they didn’t fall. That’s the nature of the beast. We played hard and competed well.”
Byers trailed 43-29 after three periods but rallied to knot the game at 49 and sent it to OT.
“In the fourth quarter we turned it up a notch and played our game,” he said.
Kenton Ridge scored the only basket in the extra period.
Coleman was the Lady Lions’ top scorer with 17. Gulledge had 14 points, 17 rebounds and five blocked shots.
The Lady Lions, in Class 1A this year after back-to-back state crowns in 2A, saw their record go to 13-5.
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