Thursday, January 27, 2011
Byhalia sweeps Center Hill
By BARRY BURLESON
Byhalia teams survived close contests with district rival Center Hill Tuesday night, Jan. 18.
The Lady Indians kept their unblemished Region 2-4A record intact with a 56-53 win over the Lady Mustangs. Coach Renee Crenshaw’s BHS squad improved to 7-0 in the district.
“The girls are playing well,” she said. “I’m pleased with our progress.
“But we’re still learning every day. Coaching never ends. We can aways get better.”
Byhalia built a 13-9 advantage out of the start gate and stretched the lead to 30-23 at halftime. Center Hill got closer in the third, but Byhalia hung on for the three-point victory.
“Defense made the difference,” Crenshaw said.
Byhalia was four of seven from the free-throw stripe. Center Hill was 19 of 24.
The Lady Indians went to 15-5 overall.
Shandricka Sessom lit up the scoreboard with 17 points. She also had six rebounds and a block. Crystal Rayford scored 15 and had 13 rebounds. Erica Bougard scored 13 and had three steals.
Other top performers were Megan Rayford with nine points and eight rebounds, Quanisha Grayson, who took four charges and had seven rebounds, and Latara Jones with five assists.
The Indians and the Mustangs hooked up in a dandy to close the night’s competition.
Byhalia got 25 points from Kenyatta Jones, 16 from Jamal Jones and 14 from Jamison Euell and won 79-74.
The Indians were down two following the opening period but outscored Center Hill 24-18 in the second. It was back-and-forth in the second half with Byhalia snatching the five-point win.
The Indians hit seven threes – including three each from the Jones boys. Kenyatta Jones also led the team in assists with 10.
Courtney Warren added nine points and five rebounds. Euell had five rebounds.
Coach Donald Bryant’s squad improved to 10-9 overall and 4-3 in district play.
He is optimistic that his team can take care of business and climb in the regular season district race.
“I’m real optimistic about where we’re going to end up,” he said. “I hope we can go into the district tournament with a high seed. We’re in tournament stride now.
“I encourage the Byhalia fans to come out and support both teams. We need your support.”
The Indians and Lady Indians visited North Panola Tuesday. They visit Rosa Fort Thursday and host Senatobia Friday. Next Tuesday, Feb. 1, they go to Lafayette. Friday, Feb. 4, is “Senior Night” when they host Rosa Fort.
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