Thursday, December 1, 2011
Lady Lions drop three to big schools
By BARRY BURLESON
The H.W. Byers Lady Lions tried to slay three giants over the weekend but came up short.
In the Tennessee Turkey Jam, the Class 1A Lady Lions lost two games to huge schools by three points each. Sandwiched in between, they lost to the number one team in the state of Mississippi by 14.
“It was a small school trying to mix it up with the giants and see if we could play David,” coach Jason Thompson said. “We made a valiant effort.”
The H.W. Byers girls fell 47-44 to Jackson County, Tenn., Friday, a school that would be a 6A in Mississippi, Thompson said.
The Lady Lions trailed 25-19 at the half but used a strong third quarter to knot the score at 32 and even take the lead early in the fourth.
“We just couldn’t close it out,” he said.
Jackson County hit 11 of 14 free-throw tries in the fourth. Byers hit two of five. Jackson County missed five free throws in the game. Byers missed 14.
“They only had three baskets from the floor the whole second half,” Thompson said.
Richenda Crutcher had 15 points for the Lady Lions. Kyra Gulledge had 12 points and 31 rebounds.
The Lady Lions stayed in their home state Saturday but traveled to the capital city to tangle with Lanier. In a battle between the defending 1A and 5A state champs, the big school earned the 55-41 win.
“We had our chances,” Thompson said, “but Lanier found a way to make it happen.”
The game was tied at 26 at the half, but Lanier went on a 14-4 run in the third quarter.
“It was like the basket had a cover on it for us,” Thompson said. “We couldn’t get it to stay down – lay-ups, free throws and wide open jump shots.”
Abria Gulledge led Byers’ offense with 12 points. Kyra Gulledge had 11 points and 16 rebounds.
The Lions were back in Tennessee Sunday afternoon and dropped a 48-45 decision in overtime to Southwind.
“We hung in there,” Thompson said, “but they were so big and physical. As the game went on, their physical play made it tough on us.”
Byers led 22-18 at the half. The game was knotted at 42 at the end of regulation.
In the OT, the Lady Lions were one of four from the free-throw stripe. Southwind was four of nine.
For the game, Byers shot 18 free throws. Southwind shot 35.
“It’s hard for a small school, already playing uphill, to catch up when the other team is playing so physically,” Thompson said.
“We just did not get a consistent effort as a team.”
The Lady Lions (4-3) hosted 6A Olive Branch Tuesday. They visit Coffeeville Friday evening.
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