Thursday, January 20, 2011
Indians sweep Patriots
By CLAUDE VINSON
One could almost have concluded that this one was over before it started Friday night.
The Lewisburg Lady Patriots were working from a very short roster (only seven players suited on the bench). The Byhalia Lady Indians built an early lead and kept it that way for a 19-7 first period. It was more of the same in the second frame as the Lady Indians allowed the visitors no recuperative chances at all. They added 22 more to their total and held the Lady Patriots to the same seven for a lopsided 41-7 mark at intermission.
The Lady Patriots almost tripled their output in the second half. They got some spirited play from Brittney Chisholm, Kadijan White and Lakisha Kelly. However, it was still a cakewalk for the Lady Indians who increased their score to 50-20.
Head coach Renee Crenshaw continued her liberal use of the bench and the tribe princesses went on to win it 61-27, keeping them flawless in their district race (6-0) thus far.
The Lady Indians (14-5 overall) were led by Megan Rayford with 15. Shandricka Sessom and Crystal Rayford pitched in 11 each. Erica Bougard added 10.
Chisholm was the highest scorer for Lewisburg with eight.
Indians win, too
In the nightcap at the “Indian Nation” on Friday night, the Lewisburg Patriots got a quick lead at 4-0 but those points came before Kenyatta Jones started twanging his bow. He interspersed a deuce among a trio of treys. He moved them out farther with four of four from the charity stripe; however, he was 0-3 in dunks. But his Indians had a 23-13 mark at the end of the first period.
The Patriots made a comeback try in the second quarter, but it was only partially successful. They did cut the difference to seven points (45-38) at the break.
Both teams came back to the floor firing long balls. The score was tied twice on trey shots. The Patriots were keeping it close during the third frame. But the Indians raised the tomahawks again and close the quarter on a nine-point run at 64-55. The score was mostly due to the deadly aim of K. Jones from the trey plateau. He had planted five threes before the buzzer.
The Patriots had no answer for K. Jones and the Indian offense and fell 84-72.
K. Jones’ 39 point total led the floor; he had six threes. Two other players shot in doubles, Courtney Warren with 14 and Jamal Jones with 10. Jamerson Euell threw in eight.
Lewisburg had three shooters in double figures also. Bo Gatlin led with 17, followed by Brad Cowan and Alex Arnold with 12 apiece. Chris Kelley rounded out the Patriots scoring with nine.
The “Indian Nation” was scheduled to host Center Hill Tuesday. They go to North Panola next Tuesday, Jan. 25.
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