Thursday, February 18, 2010
Byhalia girls, boys fall in round one
By BARRY BURLESON
Byhalia High School basketball teams ended their season Wednesday of last week in the opening round of the Region 2-4A Tournament.
The Lady Indians were eliminated 59-44 by Senatobia, a team it had beaten twice during the regular season.
The Indians were ousted 82-67 by Center Hill.
Head coach Markeith Washington said the snow days Monday and Tuesday of last week with no practices hurt both squads.
“It put the girls and the boys at a disadvantage,” he said. “I think we got fatigued. We had not played since the previous Friday.”
Erica Bougard had 17 points in the girls’ loss. Crystal Rayford had 11.
The Lady Indians trailed 29-22 at the half.
Top scorers for the boys versus Center Hill were Kenyatta Jones with 23 and Alfonzo Wilson with 22.
The Indians were down 47-33 at the intermission.
Washington, who serves as the school’s head football coach and athletic director, stepped in to lead the basketball teams after the resignation of the prior coach just before the start of the school year.
“It was a tough situation, but we fought through it together,” Washington said. “We learned a lot together. I’m exhausted.”
He said a lot of talent will return next year for the Indians and Lady Indians.
“Our goal is to pick the right person for the basketball coaching job who will have the kids’ best interest in mind and hopefully stay here and be successful,” Washington said.
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