Thursday, January 20, 2011
Lady Lions ‘survive’ versus Independence
By BARRY BURLESON
The H.W. Byers Lady Lions played like they were “still on snow break” Friday night, according to their head coach, but they won 60-47 at Independence.
“We survived,” Jason Thompson said. “We were very, very sluggish. We did not do the things well that I know we need to do to be successful - like boxing out and rebounding.”
Marshall County School District students did not attend classes last week due to snow and ice.
The Byers girls built an 18-13 lead after one quarter and stretched that margin to 33-20 at the half. Then in the second half, each team netted 27 points.
Kourtney Coleman poured in 18 points for the Lady Lions, who improved to 14-7 on the season. Kyra Gulledge and Alexis Hardaway added 11 each.
It was the first game back for Hardaway. The junior suffered a knee injury in the first game of the season Nov. 8, 2010, versus Independence.
“She gave us a big boost with her presence,” Thompson said. “Her being in a uniform is valuable. I played her for 10 to 12 minutes. I have to slowly walk her back into it.”
The Byers boys, who have played a rugged schedule, lost their game, 74-69, at Independence and dropped to 3-12 on the season.
Shantez Hearn was the top scorer with 23 points. Darion Cunningham added 16.
“We’ve lost seven games that we led in the fourth quarter,” coach Trey Lawrence said.
On a bright note, he said the Lions are 2-2 in district play and “that’s really all that matters.”
Byers teams hosted the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Classic Monday with both teams playing Memphis-Area Home Education Association and visited Blue Mountain Tuesday. They go to Myrtle Friday night and host Ingomar next Tuesday, Jan. 25.
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