Thursday, December 16, 2010
Byhalia boys beat Byers
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall County rivals Byhalia and H.W. Byers went down to the wire Saturday night.
A couple of Byers turnovers in the last 30 seconds proved costly. Then Kenyatta Jones nailed three of four free-throw tries in the last 20 seconds to secure a 64-60 Byhalia win.
The Lions, playing on the road, grabbed the early advantage and led 12-11 at the end of the first quarter.
The Indians went up by four at the 4:30 mark of the second quarter, but Byers’ Shantez Hearn hit a jump shot at the half-time buzzer to trim the deficit to 27-26 at the break.
Three-point shots ruled the third. There were five total in the quarter - three by the Lions and two by the Indians. One by Marterrious Rayford at the 4:35 mark put Byers up 39-31. But when Byhalia’s Jamal Jones drilled a three with 2:56 to go in the third, the home team was back within one. The Indians kept the momentum and surged ahead 50-45 after three, thanks to a jump shot by Courtney Warren at the horn.
The rivals swapped the lead once in the fourth quarter.
Byhalia, leading by just one, forced a 10-second call on Byers with 26 seconds left. The Lions, trailing by two, turned the ball over again with nine seconds left. Then with eight seconds to go, K. Jones iced the win from the charity stripe.
K. Jones led the Byhalia offense with 21 points. Jamerson Euell added 14, Warren 12 and J. Jones 10.
For Byers, Hearn poured in 20, while Mitchell Wilson scored 12.
In the girls game, Byers turned it up a notch in the second half and knocked off the Lady Indians 53-42.
Byhalia was in control early. The Lady Lions did not score a field goal until the 4:08 mark of the first quarter. LaTara Jones sank a long-range two at the buzzer to put the Lady Indians in front 15-8 at the end of the first.
During a brief stretch in the second quarter, Byers got points from Kyra Gulledge, Abria Gulledge and Kourtney Coleman to knot the game at 19. It was tied at 28 at the half.
The Lady Lions took a six-point lead early in the third on another three by A. Gulledge and were up 39-35 at the end of that quarter.
The fourth quarter was all Byers. Richenda Crutcher’s assist to Rosalyn Penilton put the final margin of victory at 11.
K. Gulledge was the top gun for the Lady Lions (7-3). She scored 16. A. Gulledge contributed 10.
For Byhalia (6-4), L. Jones scored 11.
Byhalia teams tipped off district play Tuesday of last week with a sweep at Lewisburg - the girls rolling 85-24 and the boys winning 81-72.
Megan Rayford gunned in 26 for the Lady Indians, who led 39-11 at half-time. Erica Bougard and Shandricka Sessom added 19 and 17, respectively.
The Indians got an outstanding, 34-point performance from K. Jones in their nine-point win. Warren and Jalen Moffitt scored 15 and 12, respectively.
Byhalia squads then split district games Friday night at Center Hill - the girls earning a 64-63 win and the boys falling 73-67.
The Lady Indians battled back from a four-point halftime deficit.
E. Bougard and M. Rayford scored 19 each. Crystal Rayford had 18.
K. Jones was red hot again for the Indians. He scored 26 in the loss. Warren and Euell had 21 and 10, respectively.
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