Thursday, February 4, 2010
Lady Indians rally for victory
By CLAUDE VINSON
It was Indians versus Warriors Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Byhalia’s gym.
District foe Senatobia came to challenge the Indians and Lady Indians.
At first the Lady Indians and Lady Warriors made trips up and down the floor as if they were making “dry runs.” This went on until they left K’Neshia Davis unguarded two times too many. She sank a pair of treys and followed with a deuce before Byhalia got on the board. Senatobia kept a 10-point lead for the better part of the opening quarter. They were ahead of the Lady Indians 22-12 at the end of the first frame.
Lashaunda Faulkner joined the hunt in the second quarter. She teamed with Erica Bougard and engineered a comeback, sinking a series of unanswered points to grab the lead and leave the Lady Warriors literally in the dust and an eight-point hole at intermission with a score of 38-30.
The Lady Warriors tried to recover from the first-half deficit but couldn’t break through. Byhalia reached its greatest lead of 10 in the third at 44-34. It was threatened by Senatobia in a very short time. The Lady Warriors regained a semblance of balance and ran off six unanswered points. But Byhalia was not done yet. Bougard brought her team back on a last second breakaway and drew a foul allowing the Lady Indians to go out front 48-40 at the end of three.
The Lady Warriors were just being outplayed. Crystal Rayford, who had been consistent throughout the contest, gave the Lady Indians another big boost with a pair of consecutive deuces. Senatobia was pressing hard but Byhalia was bringing the heat and staying in front. The Lady Indians met every threat from the visitors and hung on for the 64-57 win.
Bougard attacked the nets for 20 points to lead the floor. Rayford was next with 19. Byhalia also got 12 from Faulkner and eight from Briana Windham.
Davis threw in 18 for Senatobia, ahead of Kourtney Pickens and Nivika Coleman, who had nine each, and Ticara Jackson, who pitched in eight.
Indians lose squeaker
This was a fast dance from the tip. LaJustin Anderson took it for Senatobia and waltzed in for two. He pulled up a couple of plays later and hit from way downtown. Byhalia came back and tied it five with a trey from Thomas Lesueur and a deuce from Brandon Bougard. Both squads made a series of errors but the Warriors came out on top 19-10, despite a trey shot from Lesueur at the buzzer.
The second frame was heated. Both teams were putting heavy pressure on the ball. Byhalia was keeping pace with chip shots from Courtney Warren, and Senatobia was staying out front with beyond-the-arc shooting from Brandon Draper. It was a Warrior four-point lead at 33-29 at the half.
The Indians tried hard to catch up in the third but the Warriors got more from their efforts, staying in front 52-43.
The Warriors reached an 11-point difference in the fourth, and then Kenyatta Jones cooled them down with back to back threes. It got better as Jones put Byhalia ahead 60-59 on his next twin set. The Indians missed a slam, but scored on the follow-up The three-point lead was erased moments later on a tech called against Byhalia. The game was tied a third time at 65. But Jones had found his spot and stuck another long one. It was matched immediately by Senatobia, tying it a fourth time with a minute and a half left. Tied at 68, the Warriors froze the ball with 55 seconds left, probably hoping for an overtime. However, Byhalia fouled and Senatobia picked up the winning point at the line, going to the victor’s column 68-69.
Lesueur led Byhalia shooters with 20 (four treys). Jones was next with 19 (five treys), followed by Jamerson Euell with 12 and Warren with nine.
Anderson led Senatobia with 22, Draper had 18 and Kentrell Bowen had 13.
Byhalia teams visited Senatobia Tuesday. They go to Holly Springs Friday.
Next week the Lady Indians and Indians play in the Region 2-4A Tournament at Lewisburg High School.
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