Thursday, December 1, 2011
Byhalia splits with Olive Branch
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Olive Branch Lady Conquistadors were short on height but long on speed. They operated their offense at a fast pace, probably a sound idea because that is how Byhalia was traveling.
They were staying close to the Lady Indians, being two points behind after one quarter, 14-12.
This was a matchup between a 6A school (Olive Branch) and a 3A school (Byhalia). And the latter was not only enduring, it was prevailing. So far the offense was being fuelled by Kimberly Reed, Quanisha Grayson and Latara Jones, who had them six points ahead (26-20) at intermission.
Byhalia maintained its lead throughout the third period, adding 14 points while the Lady Quistors tacked on 12.
Olive Branch really turned up the steam in the fourth. Erica Toney began making fruitful, driving trips inside the lane. She knocked the double-digit lead down to six with 2:30 left. It became a game of speed with the point guards taking the ball coast to coast. The Lady Indians were trying hard to come through the tournament without a loss. They did just that with a solid defense that denied Olive Branch its comeback try. They won it 56-49.
Byhalia had four players in double figures – Jones 15, Grayson 17, Shandricka Sessom 10 and Reed 11.
A trio registered doubles for the Lady Quistors – Ricki Hudson 12, Toney also 12 and Kim Neal 10.
Indians fall short
There was no doubt about the height advantage the Quistors had over Byhalia. They were not using this advantage close-in though; their tall men were pulling up and releasing from long distance. They were having obvious success to the tune of a 19-9 first quarter difference.
The Indians were being out-rebounded and they were committing more infractions which were added to their turnover numbers. The Quistors were being methodical and keeping the distance on the scoreboard. Although Byhalia did better in scoring in the second they were still 10 points (38-28) back at intermission.
Olive Branch steadily moved away in the third while Byhalia was having difficulty in making a dent in the deficit. The Indians were claiming a share of the rebounds at both ends but coming up short on transitional points. They were still behind the double digit eight ball after three.
The height differential was showing up big time in the last stanza with the Quistors grabbing most of their rebounds for second chances. The Quistors cruised to the final score of 73-50.
Pat Stevenson headed up the Indian effort with 15, backed up by Jamerson Eull with nine.
Olive Branch got a 22-point effort from John Cornish and a 19-point contribution from Justin McClullen.
Byhalia’s next games were scheduled at home Tuesday of this week versus Trezevant of Memphis, Tenn.
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