Thursday, December 30, 2010
Lady Lions down Millington by 23
By BARRY BURLESON
The H.W. Byers Lady Lions shared some Christmas cheer Thursday night.
The happiness came after they knocked off Millington, Tenn., 57-34 in the final game of the Mississippi Magic Citi Showdown at H.W. Byers High School.
The win gave the Lady Lions a 2-1 record in the big event, which featured 16 talented teams from various states. It also upped their season mark to 11-4.
The Byers girls, hampered by some early turnovers, fell behind 2-0 and 4-2. But Kyra Gulledge’s bucket with just under a minute left in the first quarter gave the Lady Lions an 8-6 lead. Precious Rogers then fired in a long three just before the buzzer to up the margin to 11-6.
The Lady Trojans battled back to knot the score at 11 with 7:14 left in the second period.
Later in the quarter Kourtney Coleman gave Byers a spark. She scored five straight points and the host school led 18-11.
Laniqua Collins connected on a jump shot with 35 seconds to go in the first half, and Byers was up 25-15 at intermission.
The Lady Lions stretched their lead to 14 points in the third quarter but Millington cut that hole to eight with 1:21 on the clock. Abria Gulledge drilled a three for Byers with 26 seconds remaining to up it back to 12, and after three, the score was 41-31.
The Byers girls took full control in the fourth – steadily increasing their lead. Richenda Crutcher cashed in back-to-back buckets to open the final frame and then when A. Gulledge hit another three with 2:04 left, the margin stretched to 53-32.
Byers went on to win by 23.
Coleman was the top gun for the Lady Lions with 13 points. K. Gulledge had 12 points, seven rebounds and four steals. A. Gulledge also scored 12, all on threes. Crutcher added eight points and Rogers seven.
Both the Byers girls and boys teams will play at Holly Springs Saturday, Jan. 1, starting at 6 p.m.
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