Thursday, February 3, 2011
Byers takes two from Cardinals
By CLAUDE VINSON
The H.W. Byers Lions and Lady Lions got clean sweeps over one of their county rivals last Friday evening and bid an early farewell to some teammates and classmates who will be leaving at the end of the school year.
The opening period on “Senior Night” was one fraught with turnovers for the visiting Potts Camp Lady Cardinals. Byers had set the tempo early and it was one with plenty of motion in the offense. The Lady Lions wasted no opportunities. They had few misses no matter where the shots originated. Such accuracy left the Lady Lions 17 points ahead (27-10) at the buzzer.
Byers kept ringing the bell in the second quarter, allowing the Lady Cardinals to advance their score by only five points, leaving them in a deep hole at 55-15 at the break.
The stifling defense became even more smothering in the third frame. Kyra Gulledge was becoming a permanent fixture in the post. She was grabbing rebounds for second chance points and receiving inlet passes and dumping them in the net. The separation stretched out to 69-27 after the third.
Byers had good production from all players who entered the game. All of them added to a final score of 85-35.
K. Gulledge led the floor with 28 big points. Abria Gulledge and Kourtney Coleman added 16 and 13, respectively. Precious Rogers and Richenda Crutcher had 10 and nine, respectively.
Tenesha Woods and Zana Davis had 20 and 12, respectively, for the Lady Cardinals.
Lions finish sweep
The Lions had downed the Cardinals when they met in Potts Camp on January 7, so the Cards were probably looking for a little payback. But the Lions made it known early that it was not going to be easy. When Byers is firing on all cylinders their speed is hard to match. They went up 20-9 in the first frame.
The Lions ran in some reserves in the second quarter but the pace didn’t slacken one bit or whither. They turned an 18-point period while holding the opponents to 13 (38-22).
The Cardinals faced a huge deficit in the third but they didn’t turn into a bunch of shrinking violets. They exhibited better ball control and were crashing the boards. They made some cuts in the point difference but as valuable as Allen Robinson’s long ball contributions were, the Lions kept pouring it into the paint. They were still up by double digits at the end of three (60-47).
The Cardinals squandered a lot of chances at the charity stripe, making 11 of 26 attempts. They lost by a score of 78-65.
Shantez Hearn had the hot shot for Byers, hitting the nylon for 23. Anthony Mabon threw in 17 and Mitchell Wilson hit for 10.
Robinson was first for Potts Camp with 20 (four treys). Randy Love was next with 16 and Tyree Jones rounded out the double-digit scoring with 11.
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