Thursday, February 25, 2010
Lady Lions second in North
By BARRY BURLESON
The fourth time proved to be the charm Monday night for the Myrtle Lady Hawks.
H.W. Byers had beaten its district rivals three times this season. But the outcome was different in the championship game of the Class A North Half Tournament at Wheeler.
Myrtle rode the back of its star, Aspriana Gilbert, and knocked off the Lady Lions 58-50. Gilbert, from her post position, was basically unstoppable and poured in 26 points.
Both teams advance to the State Tournament at Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson. Myrtle faces West Lincoln Friday at 9 a.m. in the semi-finals. The other 1A semi-final game at 1 p.m. Friday pits Byers, the defending 2A champions, against top-ranked McAdams, the defending 1A champs.
The Lady Lions’ only lead versus the Lady Eagles Monday evening was 5-4 at the 5:43 mark of the first quarter.
Gilbert scored 12 first-quarter points and Myrtle was up 22-9 at the end of the period.
The closest Byers got in the second quarter was four. That came when Precious Rodgers scored, was fouled and hit the free throw with 16 seconds on the clock.
The Lady Hawks led 32-26 at the half and 44-38 following three periods.
They stretched the margin to 10 in the fourth and went to their spread offense. Kourtney Coleman’s three cut it to six with 1:58 left but Myrtle hung on and celebrated its first win over Byers this season.
Coleman led the Lady Lions (27-7) in scoring with 17. Kyra Gulledge had 11. Rodgers and Alexis Hardaway added nine and eight, respectively.
Also scoring in double figures for Myrtle (20-15) were Keanna Cox with 11 and Rhagen Hopper with 10.
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