Thursday, December 30, 2010
H.W. Byers girls lose to Lady Spartans
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Lions Den was the host venue for what was billed as the Mississippi Magic Citi Showdown during the first week of the holiday break. The 16 teams which took part had come from as far away as Illinois and Ohio.
The tournament could very easily remind some old timers of the tri-state tournaments which featured teams from Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee and was hosted by coach E.A. Rankin and Mississippi Industrial College. Play was around the clock and usually took three days.
The Lady Lions opened up against Clyde Miller of Missouri on Tuesday of last week, the single game scheduled that day in the “All Girls Classic.” The Lady Lions defeated Miller and drew the Campbell (Ga.) Lady Spartans at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The Lady Spartans hit the floor apparently with the intent of living up to their 7-1 billing. They used a pair of treys and some stick-backs to run up an 11-point lead midway through the first quarter. Byers bounced back and whittled the difference down to 16-9 before the horn. The Lady Lions had committed almost double the amount of turnovers as the Lady Spartans.
The Lady Lions continued to squeeze the trigger in the second frame. A long looping three by Abria Gulledge near the end reduced it to two points. But Angel Foster beat the buzzer and added two more for the Lady Spartans and sent them into the break with a 28-24 lead.
The Lady Spartans eased out to another eight-point margin in the third, thanks to Foster. She was getting free and picking up the easy lay-ups. The Lady Lions could get no closer than seven points and ended the third period trailing by eight at 44-36.
Byers, usually a strong contender in any fourth quarter, could not stifle the Campbell run. The Lady Spartans went on a scoring spree and moved out to sixteen points ahead. The Lady Lions were still being hampered by turnovers while Campbell was controlling the ball. Byers only got a couple of line opportunities while Campbell received multiple tries in the second half and hit six consecutively at one juncture. They had a total of 11 charity hits in the second half and won by that margin at 60-49.
Kourtney Coleman and Kyra Gulledge showed large for Byers with 21 and 14, respectively.
Foster led Campbell with 17 followed by Baylee Hawkins with 13 and Chakecia Miller with 12.
Byers played the last game of the tournament on Thursday of last week versus Millington, Tenn.
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