Thursday, February 18, 2010
Lady Lions win north opener
By CLAUDE VINSON
Mimicking two previous seasons, the Lady Lions of H.W. Byers completed their first leg on the journey to the “Big House” in Jackson. The Lady Lions hosted the Lady Pirates of Coffeeville Monday in the first game of the 1A North State playoffs.
The Lady Pirates tried hard to hang in with the Lady Lions from the outset and didn’t trail by many when the first quarter ended. The score was 17-13.
The Lady Lions started to make their move in the second frame. They kept going to the basket in speedy fashion and also popped a couple from long distance. Alexis Hardaway and Kourtney Coleman were getting it done in the paint. They were close to a double digit lead of 32-24 at intermission.
Byers came out of the locker room after the midway break and probably realized they had allowed the Lady Pirates to stay that close. They unsheathed all the claws and put on an explosive burst which left Coffeeville reeling and behind by 15 points when the third quarter expired. The score was 49-34.
Coffeeville tried to stop the sinking ship. The Lady Pirates took advantage of some miscues by the Lady Lions in the fourth quarter. They hit a raft full of treys which threw Byers out of sync for a very brief period. The Lady Lions recovered and exploded again to go to the 63-48 end result.
Coleman and Hardaway were neck and neck for high point honors. Coleman totaled 26 and Hardaway 23.
The Lady Lions (25-6) are scheduled to continue their playoff journey Thursday with a game against Wheeler at a venue to be decided after press-time this past Tuesday. The North State Tournament continues Friday and Saturday with the top two teams advancing to state.
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