Thursday, January 7, 2010
Lady Indians go 2-2 in Dragon Fire
By BARRY BURLESON
The Byhalia Lady Indians went 2-2 in the annual Dragon Fire Invitational Tournament at Collierville, Tenn., last week.
All four games were tight, the largest margin being a nine-point win over Bartlett, Tenn.
Head coach Markeith Washington’s squad opened the tourney with a 53-50 loss to the host school on Sunday evening, Dec. 27.
The Lady Indians, trailing 44-31 after three periods, mounted a strong fourth-quarter rally that came up just short. They outscored the Lady Dragons 19-9 in the fourth.
Top scorers for Byhalia were Erica Bougard with 17, LaTarra Jones with 12 and Quanisha Neely with 11.
The next day, Dec. 28, the Lady Indians got a game-high 23 points from Crystal Rayford in a 66-57 win over Bartlett.
Also scoring in double figures for Byhalia were Bougard with 18 and Neely with 12. Briana Windham had eight.
The Lady Indians jumped out of the starting gate quickly, taking a 19-10 lead after one quarter, and going on to win by that same nine-point margin.
A slow start was the story on Tuesday, Dec. 29, as the Lady Indians fell behind early and couldn’t make up the difference. They lost 67-62 to East High (of Memphis).
Byhalia was down 24-11 after one quarter and 40-26 at the half.
Bougard poured in a game-high 22 points. Crystal Rayford and Megan Rayford followed with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Jones had eight.
The Byhalia girls then closed the tournament Wednesday of last week with a 50-47 victory over Houston (Tenn.).
Bougard added to her solid offensive production in the tournament with a 26-point effort. Jones contributed nine.
Byhalia was up 16-10 after one quarter, 29-27 at the half and 44-41 following three periods. Each team scored just six points in the fourth.
Byhalia basketball teams were scheduled to visit Lewisburg Tuesday. They host Lafayette Friday and entertain Rosa Fort next Tuesday, Jan. 12.
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