Thursday, January 28, 2010
Byers splits with Myrtle
By CLAUDE VINSON
The last meeting between these two was on December 11, 2009, at Myrtle. The Lady Hawks played a much tougher game on their home court.
It was a close contest and maybe the H.W. Byers Lady Lions were remembering that one. After trading baskets for a couple of trips they began playing in the paint. Myrtle couldn’t combat the close-in shooting and was left behind 28-11 at the end of one.
The Lady Hawks found their long ball spot in the second quarter and began to cut into the Lady Lions’ sizeable lead. With Halle Knowles and Jenna Jordan pelting the nylon with treys and Keanna Coy doing most of the close-in work, Myrtle cut the difference down to three before the half. Byers got one point back to make it 37-33 as time expired.
Myrtle, always a tough contender, kept it close throughout the third frame. Byers’ 13-point performance put them four ahead at 50-46. The Lady Hawks were still keeping pace in the fourth and the Lady Lions were trying to maintain their evaporating lead. The Lady Lions were being very effective at the charity stripe. They hit eight in the first half and 13 in the second. The Lady Hawks were not enjoying that success, hitting just seven freebies in the game. Byers went on to collect the 71-63 win.
Kourtney Coleman and Alexis Hardaway were neck and neck for high-point honors – Coleman sinking 25 and Hardaway putting up 24. Precious Rodgers and Kyra Gulledge hit for 10 each.
Byers Lions fall
The Byers Lions had lost a close contest to the Myrtle Hawks in their first meeting of the season, coming up short by two points. At the Lions’ den, they ran to a 15-3 lead in the first quarter. They held onto it but it had been shrunk by five at 15-8.
Both squads were going at it at full force. One could easily think that they were looking ahead to the playoffs. The Hawks out-pointed the hosts in the final minute to take the lead at 29-28.
The third quarter was just as torrid as the first two preceding it. The teams were constantly trading baskets. Playing at such a blistering pace, it was inevitable that the fouling would pick up. There were 14 infractions recorded in the third. Myrtle’s Jimel Judon and Beau Cummings were doing a lot of damage at close range. Myrtle was again one point leader at the break at 45-44.
Despite outstanding performances by Jeremy Williams and Marcus Rayford, the Hawks went to the winner’s column with a 69-63 mark.
Byers was led by Williams with 22, Rayford with 14 and Andre Jones with nine.
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