Thursday, December 1, 2011
Hawks, Indians split games
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Byhalia basketball teams staged their annual invitational tournament on November 25-26 with match-ups against county rivals on tap.
The opening games were played between the Fayette-Ware teams and those from Olive Branch. The Lady Wildcats of Fayette-Ware were defeated by the Lady Conquistadors of Olive Branch and the Wildcats downed the Quistors.
The third game of the day was between the Lady Indians and the Holly Springs Lady Hawks. The Lady Indians were coming off of their exciting win against the Lady Cardinals a few days before. They handled the ball first and Shandricka Sessom waltzed through the lane and opened scoring. Latara Jones was hit on a drive and canned one of two to give them a 3-0 lead. The Lady Hawks got back-to-back treys from Megan Crittle and Keshauna Payton to give them the lead. Holly High picked up three more points to give them a 9-8 edge after one.
In the second frame, the Lady Hawks appeared sharper and more aggressive in their attack. The lead flip-flopped a couple of times before it settled in the visitors’ camp at 18-15. Byhalia added one more from the line to make it 18-16.
Coach Renee Crenshaw’s Lady Indians picked up their game in the third period. Under the leadership of Sessom and Quanisha Grayson, they built a six-point margin. It seemed a solid lead until Crittle went on a three spree for the Lady Hawks, planting two in a row. Byhalia barely held on to a one point lead of 32-31 at the third’s end.
The Lady Indians went on the hunt again in the final frame, this time cementing the lead from long range and at the charity stripe. They took the eight point (49-41) win. The Lady Hawks had an admirable performance but it was not enough to overtake the Lady Indians.
Sessom was first for Byhalia with 14. Kimberly Reed was next with 12. Grayson followed with 10 and Jones rounded it out with nine.
Crittle led Holly High with 13, followed by Kenyada Burns with 11.
Indians lose nightcap
The Hawks controlled the ball first and after a couple of dry tries hit quick six points. Turnovers were hurting the Indians early. And that was not the only thorn. The Hawks’ Rodney Redmond was throwing deadly darts from three-point range. He stuck three in quick succession and came back with two more before the quarter ended at 21-6.
The Indians were still having control issues in the second period, however, their accuracy had improved from the field and especially at the line where they hit six in a row. The Hawks’ long range bombing had ceased but they were still doing damage close-in, good enough for a 32-19 difference at intermission.
The Hawks’ 2-3 defense was having a deadly affect on the Indians’ offense. Byhalia could not seem to reduce the high, double-digit Hawks’ lead, which was 44-24 after three.
The Indians worked hard at wiping away the deficit and at one time got it down to 16. But the Hawks would not be denied. They went on to win 60-42.
Laddrick Bronson led Byhalia with eight.
Redmond paced Holly High with 19 and DaVonte Smith followed with nine.
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