Thursday, December 2, 2010
Byhalia teams close tournament with losses
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Byhalia Lady Indians and the Center Hill Lady Mustangs squared off in the girls final of the Byhalia Thanksgiving Tournament.
The former had dispatched the Lady Hawks of Holly High and the latter had knocked off the Lady Hawks of Oakhaven, Tenn. Play in the opening frame was about even with Byhalia one digit ahead at 9-8.
The Lady Mustangs were getting plenty of line opportunities and the Lady Indians none. Lucky for Byhalia, the Lady Mustangs were not overly successful. They made 10 of 19 tries in the first half. They left the floor leading 31-19 at the break.
The Lady Indians added only seven points in the third. They faced a 17-point deficit going into the last period. Erica Bougard and Megan Rayford had sat out the entire first half. The 43-26 score just might have been too deep a hole to climb out of in eight minutes. It proved to be just that. Bougard and M. Rayford, who normally account for the bulk of the Lady Indians’ scoring, had just three points each. The final score was 54-35.
Crystal Rayford paced Byhalia with 11.
The floor leader was Center Hill’s Jasmine Golden with 25, followed by Zanoria Echols with 11.
The battle was on in the final game of day two of the tournament. The Indians and Wildcats had reached the championship contest on victories in day one. The Indians were 3-2 and the Wildcats were 1-0. Fayette-Ware (Tenn.) jumped out to the early lead of 14-11 in the first.
The Wildcats’ Orlando Bass was constantly driving into the paint and sticking the close-ins and putbacks. Conversely, Kenyatta Jones was trying to do the same for Byhalia, but the Wildcats were still on top at the half by 29-23.
The Wildcats came out of the locker room with the same zeal with which they had left. Bass and Kevorrious Rosser were throwing up formidable opposition to anyone trying to transgress the painted lines. Kenyatta Jones and Courtney Warren were keeping the Indians in it. Warren stuck back-to-back treys to keep the Wildcats’ lead down to single digits. Things intensified in the last part of the third. The regulators handed the Wildcats a “tech” on top of a foul. That gave the Indians four shots to trim the lead thinner. They got one; however, Warren and Jones made two timely lay-ups to make it 51-49. Then Ladedrick Brunson stepped up with two consecutive buckets to tie it 53 all with 3:35 left in the fourth.
Tension built to an intentional foul with 1:45 left and the Indians trailing by three. Both teams had reached the 60s as a result of some intense playing. However, the Indians could not put any more points on the board and went down 65-62.
Jones had 20, Warren had 19 and Jamerson Euell had 10.
The Indians will be back in action Friday at Olive Branch.
Lady Hawks, Hawks
On the second day of the Byhalia Thanksgiving Tournament, the Holly High Lady Hawks and Hawks were in both games of the consolation round. The Lady Hawks faced another set of Lady Hawks of Oakhaven, Tenn. The Lady Hawks had fallen to Byhalia and Oakhaven had been defeated by Center Hill.
The Lady Hawks never really got into this one. Oakhaven led by 26-5 in the first quarter, 38-10 at intermission, 48-12 at the end of three and a final score of 63-15. Holly High fell victim to numerous ball handling mistakes, blown shot opportunities and errant passes.
The Lady Hawks of Oakhaven had three shooters in double figures – Shermeka Lewis with 23, Derrica Wiggins with 16 and Tracee Hammer with 12.
The Hawks met the Center Hill Mustangs for their final game in the tournament. Both had identical records of 4-3.
The Hawks, probably smarting from the loss to Byhalia, took the court in a different mode and mindset. They were pushing the ball from the outset and, with just a couple of mishaps in passing, they were taking care of the ball.
Holly High led 19-6, 29-19, and 50-31. The rout was on in the fourth. They held the Mustangs to 56 in the game while they registered 76.
Jonathan Bownes and Curterious Jeffries led the Hawks with 20 and 11, respectively.
The Mustangs had three shooters in double figures, namely Jabari Fisher with 25, Ontario Brown with 12, and Johnny Scales with 11.
The Hawks played Coldwater at home Tuesday. They go to Ashland Friday.
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