Thursday, November 11, 2010
Coleman honored; Lady Lions in Super 10
By BARRY BURLESON
Some basketball teams and players from Marshall County are receiving preseason accolades.
Atop the list are the H.W. Byers Lady Lions, ranked first in Class 1A by the Clarion-Ledger and ninth in the daily newspaper’s “Super 10,” which includes schools in all classifications.
“It’s rare for a 1A team to start the season ranked in the Super 10, but this year’s Lady Lions aren’t your typical 1A team,” according to the Clarion-Ledger sports staff. “At least three players on Jason Thompson’s team will likely play Division 1 ball. Senior Kourtney Coleman along with junior standouts Alexis Hardaway and Kyra Gulledge give Byers arguably the state’s top trio.”
Ahead of Byers in the “Super 10” (from one through nine) are New Albany, Hattiesburg, Clarksdale, Lafayette County, Wayne County, Gentry, Horn Lake and Newton. At number 10 is Lanier.
Trailing the Lady Lions in the 1A’s Top Five are Myrtle, Bogue Chitto, Coldwater and West Oktibbeha.
Coleman, a 6’ forward, was also named to the Clarion-Ledger’s prestigious “Dandy Dozen,” the top 12 players in the state.
About Coleman the newspaper states – “Versatile four-year starter for the Lady Lions can hurt opponents in the paint or outside the three-point arc.”
Coleman averaged 18.9 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals last season to help Byers reach the 1A semi-finals and finish 27-8. She scored a career-high 29 points against Tunica Rosa Fort.
She has committed to Troy University (in Alabama) and is scheduled to sign on Wednesday of this week.
Two other Lady Lions – Gulledge and Hardaway were listed in the “20 Underclassmen to Watch.”
The Marshall Academy Lady Patriots, coached by Craig Dailey, are ranked third in Class AA by the Clarion-Ledger entering the 2010-11 season. Leake Academy is number one, followed by Brookhaven Academy. Tabbed fourth and fifth are Oak Hill Academy and Kirk Academy, respectively.
The Lady Pats finished 16-19 last year but came on strong down the stretch. They were North State runners-up and advanced to the State Tournament. Back are four seniors – Callie Clanton, Kelsey Shaw, Megan Anderson and Lauralee Fant.
The Marshall Academy boys are also expected to be listed in the state’s Class AA top five when those rankings are announced. The Patriots finished 25-9 last season with district and north titles. They return five seniors – Taylor Maurey, John Tomlinson, Jordan Brock, Mitch Gholson and Joey Omedeo.
Jonathan Bownes, Holly High’s big man, is listed in the “40 Seniors to Watch.” He helped lead coach Naylond Hayes’ Hawks to a North State crown last season and 28-5 record. Holly Springs fell in the Class 3A state semi-finals.
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