Thursday, January 21, 2010
Lady Indians down Rosa Fort; boys fall
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Lady Lions of Rosa Fort brought an impressive record of 13-2 to the Byhalia Indian reservation on January 12.
They were methodical and there was a quickness to their method. But the Lady Indians started the game showing great effort, especially in vying for defensive rebounds. They kept the score close until the final minute of the first quarter, when the visitors took a 20-13 lead.
The Lady Lions gave a different look in the second frame. They began pressing the ball handlers at every position. They forced multiple turnovers and picked up enough resulting points for a double-digit lead.
Byhalia was getting the majority of the calls and going to the line often. Their accuracy left a lot to be desired. They connected on five of 16 attempts in the first half. Rosa Fort’s field shooting had cooled and the Lady Indians went to the locker room down by six at 32-26.
In the third period, the visitors began making mistakes and Byhalia took full advantage, reducing the difference to three points. It was down to two at 44-42 at the end of the frame.
It was Byhalia applying the pressure during the stretch. Megan Rayford tied it at 44 with a lay-in under the basket but the Lady Lions made an eight-point run to bump the lead to five. With 1:18 left, the Lady Indians made their best effort of the contest. They tied and took the lead at 57-56 on a freebie by Briana Windham. They remained consistent for two more at the charity stripe and upset the visitors 59-56.
Byhalia was led by four sharpshooters. Megan Rayford and Crystal Rayford stuck 15 each. Windham and Erica Bougard had 13 and 10, respectively.
Indians lose to Lions
The Indians were thinking upset all the way when they took the floor against the Lions in the night cap.
Rosa Fort, a division foe, was 15-2 overall and 4-0 in district. The Indians were at .500 in district. It started out as a low-scoring affair and the Indians were leading 11-7. The Indians were pretty much keeping pace with the division foe and sometimes staying one point ahead in the scoring department until Lebaron Collins gave the visitors the lead. He canned four straight deuces and a freebie to put the Lions five points ahead at 24-19. The Indians would get four of those back in the last minute to make it 24-23 at intermission.
The third frame was one in which Byhalia kept pushing and remained close throughout. They were erasing the Lions’ big leads on long balls from Kenyatta Jones and Thomas Lesueur. The former had five over the course of the game and the latter had three. They accounted for the 44-44 tie at the end of the third.
But it was becoming difficult for the Indians to mount and maintain a solid lead because of Collins’ performance in the paint. He was weaving through Indian defenders and getting clean up baskets. But it was going right down to the wire because of Byhalia’s success with the three ball. Courtney Warren gave them a one-point lead at 60-59. Rosa Fort hit three freebies to put the Lions ahead 62-60. They would go to the line once more and sank two to turn the Indians back 64-60.
Byhalia’s Warren hit 21, Lesueur 17 and Jones 16.
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