Thursday, November 25, 2010
Lady Lions, Hawks win county clashes
By CLAUDE VINSON
If one has to face a perennial, it is probably best if the trial is on familiar turf. And this worked for the Byers Lady Lions Friday night as they renewed their regular season rivalry with the Holly High Lady Hawks.
The Lady Lions owned a hefty lead in the early parts of the first quarter. Coach Jason Thompson soon relieved all of his starters. The replacements mounted a stifling defense which was super stingy and held the Lady Hawks to four points, 21-4.
The Lady Lions continued to “rack and sack ’em” in the second. Holly High was getting much better returns on their shots. However, the Lady Hawks were still having major problems with the Byers’ defense. It was 45-20 at intermission.
In the third frame, the Holly High girls were not losing for lack of hustle. Their play was just as intense as it was in the first two quarters. The Lady Lions were shooting with deadly accuracy and built up a 36-point lead at 60-24 in the third.
In the fourth, Holly High was still being beaten on the breaks and rebounds And it didn’t help that Abria Gulledge was still filling the nets with treys. The Lady Lions (4-1) rolled to a 72-35 win.
A. Gulledge finished with 18 points. Next was Kyra Gulledge with 14 and Kourtney Coleman with 11.
Megan Crittle led Holly High (0-4) with 17, followed by Rachel Selman with nine.
Lions fall short
The Lions had the task of facing a second long-standing rival in the same week. They had met the Byhalia Indians on Tuesday evening. They dropped that one in an overtime decision. Both teams were a little slow in coming off the blocks on Friday night. Byers struck first and took a 4-0 lead before Jonathan Bownes and Javian Agnew entered the game for the visitors. The Hawks went to 7-4 at the end of the opener.
Like the game earlier in the week, these rivals are separated by a couple of classes. So far, this was not a lopsided runaway as one might expect. The Lions were giving as much as they were taking. And at the break it was 15-14 with Holly High on top.
It was a low scoring affair with a low incidence of fouling. Through three complete quarters there had been a grand total of nine infractions. The Hawks were getting to the line more often than their opponents and they hit about 70 percent of their freebies. They led by a 10-point margin at the end of three.
The Lions were still grinding away at the Holly High defense. In the fourth, first-year Byers head coach Trey Lawrence, still seeking his first win, was pulling out all of the stoppers. Down by seven in the last minute, Byers blasted a trey which diluted the Hawks’ lead to four. There was not enough time for the Lions to make the threat solid and they lost 43-36.
Bownes paced the winners with 11. Gerald Jones backed him with 10. Agnew pitched in eight, which include a pair of threes.
Shantez Hearn led the home team with 18.
Both boys’ teams took part in the Holiday Classic at Senatobia on November 22-23. Holly High girls participated, but not the Lady Lions.
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