Thursday, January 21, 2010
Byers sweeps rival Potts Camp
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Byers Lady Lions and the Potts Camp Lady Cardinals met Thursday evening in a game which had been postponed due to inclement weather. Both of these squads have made their marks in Class 1A this season and boast impressive records.
The Lady Cardinals had lost two games and the Lady Lions had five losses, all except one being picked up out of state.
Potts Camp took its first lead in the last three minutes of the opening quarter. They had been trading baskets with Byers, and somehow, they were beating the stifling press at times. They were getting their share of decent looks and were only down eight at the end of the first at 28-20.
The Lady Cards had trouble with the press in the second. They were doing a pretty good job of controlling the Lady Lions’ point spread. They were forcing Byers into some turnovers. And they caught a little break when Alexis Hardaway had to sit after picking up her third foul. Potts Camp was nine back at intermission, 44-35.
The Lady Cardinals were playing a much tighter game in the third quarter. They cut the Byers’ lead to five in the first three minutes. Samantha Stinson tied it at 52 on a trey shot. Potts Camp then took the lead at 54 and again at 57. All the Lady Cardinals were showing determination and they trailed by three at the end of the third, 62-59.
Byer’s Kyra Gulledge and Hardaway stepped up their game in the final frame. Gulledge was rebounding and putting up points. The Lady Lions began to pull away from the Lady Cards and put up a dozen. The Lady Lions went on to hand the Lady Cards their third loss at 83-69.
Hardaway led Byers (16-5) with 24, followed by Kyra Gulledge with 18 and Brionne Gulledge with 17. Kourtney Coleman threw in 12.
Kenyotta Jenkins had the good eye for Potts Camp (16-3), registering 27 points. Stinson and Tenesha Woods pitched in 11 each. Ashton Gandy had 10.
Lions beat Cards
The play in this one was wide open from whistle to whistle. The word “chaotic” was heard more than once. Neither team developed any method or rhythm. The movement was blurring and there didn’t seem to be enough time for either team to set up offensive or defensive formations. It was run and shoot with Potts Camp coming out two points up at 22-20 at the end of the first period.
The pace became a little more civilized (if that fits) in the second but not by much. First Byers had the lead and then Potts Camp took it. The Cardinals then benefited from a flagrant infraction and put 13 points between themselves and their hosts. Byers trimmed it to six but allowed mistakes to detract from the run. Potts Camp was still out front at intermission at 38-31.
Both teams went man-to-man in the third. Play was still pretty wild; however, Byers deleted the seven-point deficit and then took a five-point lead with 2:30 left in the frame. Byers held the advantage for the first time going into a break at 54-49.
In what would have been a pretty good rugby match, the Lions managed to eke out a 69-64 win.
Jeremy Williams hit 22 for Byers; Marcus Rayford hit 17; and Andre Jones put up 11.
Jonathan Falkner pumped in 13 for Potts Camp, followed by Antonio Love with 12, LaDarrius Beard with 11 and JaVaughn Jones with nine.
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