Thursday, January 6, 2011
Lady Lions drop two in elite holiday tournament
By BARRY BURLESON
The H.W. Byers Lady Lions are known for taking on anybody, anywhere.
They wrapped up 2010 by competing in an elite holiday shootout at Nashville, Tenn.
“It was a great experience for our kids against some top notch competition,” said coach Jason Thompson, whose girls dropped both games in the big event.
Things did not get off to a good start for the Lady Lions when they got lost en route to the arena Tuesday, Dec. 28.
“It was an adverse situation,” Thompson said. “We got there at 1 p.m. and the game started at 1 p.m. We got dressed quickly and started playing.”
Their opponent, Hume-Fogg from Nashville, was very familiar with the surroundings.
Byers dropped a 50-48 heartbreaker.
“It went down to the wire,” Coach Thompson said. “They (Hume-Fogg) made a basket with six seconds left. We went down and got a shot to try and win it but it was blocked.
“We played a fundamentally sound team with good size, but we had our chances. I feel like we should have won the game.”
Kyra Gulledge led the Lady Lions’ offense with 16 points. Kourtney Coleman added 14. Dominique Rubin scored nine, all in the second half.
The next day, Wednesday, Dec. 29, the Byers girls ran into a buzz saw. They lost 89-25 to Potter’s House Christian Academy from Jacksonville, Fla.
“They were like a machine,” Thompson said. “It’s the best team we’ve ever played – hands down.”
He said Potter’s House featured at least eight girls who will play Division I college basketball and five who will probably be in the WNBA someday.
“It was no doubt a dream team,” Thompson said.
The day before, Potter’s House had defeated United (of Hanoverton, Ohio) 99-15. Other wins this season for the 17-1 squad have included 123-10 and 112-20.
For the Lady Lions versus Potter’s House, Coleman scored 16 points.
Antoinette Bannister had 42 for the winning team.
Thompson expressed the team’s appreciation to the Bank of Holly Springs and the H.W. Byers Booster Club for sponsoring the trip to Nashville.
“We all want to say thanks for their support,” he said.
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