Thursday, December 23, 2010
Byers takes two from Ashland
By CLAUDE VINSON|
The Ashland Lady Devils and Devils had to make two trips across the county lines last week to take on two perennial foes. In the first part of the week they had to take on the teams of H.W. Byers.
The hard-hitting Lady Lions didn’t wait to start applying the pressure. They literally ran out to an 18-point lead at the end of the first period at 24-6.
The Lady Devils went to work harder in the second frame and produced a total of 15 points. The problem was they were playing against a relentless foe. The Lady Lions did not slow up. Kourtney Coleman was showing mastery in her use of the glass and banked in point after point. The real surprise was the Lady Lions’ accuracy at the charity stripe. They counted 13 of 16 and went to the locker room with a handy 61-21 margin.
The Lady Devils got some help from their long range bombers in the third, but coach Jason Thompson had already relaxed and sent in five fresh uniforms. The reserves added another 10 points to keep the gap wide at 71-34. They went on to hold the Lady Devils to 10 in the final frame for a score of 91-44.
Coleman was high pointer for Byers with 26. Next was Kyra Gulledge with 21, Abria Gulledge with 13 and Madison McCreless with 10.
Raquette Allen led the Lady Devils with 15. Trenise Hampton and Alontra Tucker added 10 each.
Lions finish sweep
The Blue Devils brought a lively vocal following to the Lions’ den Tuesday night of last week. And they showed that support when Jeremy Williams was set up and made a high “alley oop” dunk. They owned the first quarter 12-5.
Shantez Hearn tied it at 22 all on a trey from way out. They had been chipping away at the Devils’ lead the entire quarter. At one time the difference was at seven. The teams were even at intermission at 24.
The Lions took the lead in the third and stretched it to six before the Devils called a halt. The Lions went right back to work and pushed it to nine ahead. The Devils were not giving up easily. However, their speed just didn’t measure up to the Lions. Byers kept inching away from Ashland in the final period after going up 46-37 in the third. They moved out to a dozen before the Devils stoked the fire again.
The Lions committed four consecutive turnovers and Ashland used them to cut it to four. It was less than a minute left and Byers with a one-point lead. They swapped points at the free throw line. Ashland was up by one before Mitchell Wilson’s charity hits sent it into overtime.
The Lions outscored Ashland 9-5 in the extra period with five of those coming from the line. The Lions won 71-67.
The heavy hitters for Byers were Hearn (14), Darion Cunningham (13, three treys), Wilson (12), Anthony Mabon (13) and Marterrious Rayford (8).
For Ashland, Jeremy Williams hit the nylon for 28, Jamarcus Poplar for 12 and Ted Nunnally for 13.
On Monday night, Dec. 13, H.W. Byers teams split their games at Ingomar – the girls winning 78-40 and the boys losing 70-65.
Scoring in double digits for the Lady Lions were Coleman with 21, Richenda Crutcher with 16, K. Gulledge with 14 and Laniqua Collins with 10.
The Byers girls outscored Ingomar 23-10 in the second quarter and rolled to the easy win.
Top point producers for the Byers boys in their five-point loss were Hearn with 21, Cordarious Stone with 14, Cunningham with 13 and Mabon with 12.
Byers led 42-31 at the half but the Falcons outscored the visitors 39-23 in the second half.
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