Thursday, January 27, 2011
Lady Lions shock Scott Central
By BARRY BURLESON
The H.W. Byers Lady Lions ended a busy week with a big win.
The Byers girls stunned Scott Central 57-41 Saturday in the Ackerman Classic. The win over a 2A team ranked ninth in the state’s Super 10 came a day after a 53-51 setback at Myrtle – their first loss to a Mississippi team this season.
“It was a great game - to be able to bounce back and get the bitter taste of losing at Myrtle out of our mouths,” coach Jason Thompson said. “The girls did a phenomenal job of playing hard. It was hands down our best effort of the season.”
Byers jumped on Scott Central - leading 17-8. The Lady Lions were up 32-22 at the half and outscored the opposition 22-13 in the third.
Abria Gulledge was red hot for Byers. She scored 24 points, including six threes.
“She got in a groove, and it helped us tremendously,” Thompson said.
Kourtney Coleman followed with 17.
The Myrtle girls avenged an earlier two-point loss to Byers in Region 2-1A with a two-point win of their own.
The battle between the state’s top two teams in Class 1A was close from the opening tip. The Lady Lions trailed 10-8 after one quarter and led 24-23 at halftime. It was deadlocked at 38 entering the fourth.
Coleman poured in 16 points for Byers. Alexis Hardaway added 13.
Both teams stand 5-1 in district play entering this week’s action.
The Byers boys fought hard versus Myrtle, only to come up short, 89-84.
Coach Trey Lawrence’s Lions ralled from a 14-point halftime hole to cut Myrtle’s lead to 84-83 with 1:30 left.
The Hawks, who were 18 of 24 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, escaped with the five-point win.
Leading the Lions were Anthony Mabon with 21, Shantez Hearn with 11 and Herrandus Washington with 10.
On Tuesday of last week, Byers teams invaded Blue Mountain and left with a pair of district wins.
Coleman had a huge night. Her 41 points and 27 rebounds led the Lady Lions to an easy 86-22 victory.
The lead was 50-16 at halftime.
Kyra Gulledge and Precious Rogers added 13 points each.
Three Lions hit for double digits as they blasted Blue Mountain 89-71.
Mitchell Wilson was the top gun with 17. Hearn and Marterrious Rayford had 16 and 11, respectively.
Byers, who led by just four at the half, went on a 23-12 run in the third quarter.
The Lady Lions (17-8 overall) and the Lions (4-14 overall and 3-3 in district) play three home games this week - this past Tuesday versus Ingomar, Thursday versus West Union and Friday versus Potts Camp. Next Tuesday, Feb. 1, they go to West Union.
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