Thursday, February 3, 2011
Byhalia girls team atop district
By BARRY BURLESON
The Byhalia Lady Indians just kept on trucking last week.
They turned back Region 2-4A opponents North Panola, Rosa Fort and Senatobia to improve to 10-0 in district play and 18-5 overall.
The Lady Indians, trailing by four, outscored North Panola 16-9 in the fourth quarter for a dramatic 45-42 road win Wednesday of last week.
Crystal Rayford led the offensive attack with 15 points. Erica Bougard and Megan Rayford tossed in 12 each.
Four Lady Indians scored in double figures Thursday night as they earned another road victory, 60-50 at Tunica Rosa Fort.
Byhalia trailed 30-28 at the half but rallied.
Top point producers were Bougard with 16, C. Rayford with 13 and Latara Jones and Shandricka Sessom with 10 each.
The Byhalia girls stayed perfect in district play Friday night with a 66-52, come-from-behind victory over Senatobia at home.
The Lady Indians fell behind 36-25 at the half. But the intermission talk from coach Renee Crenshaw must have worked as they outscored the Lady Warriors 24-2 in the third period and went on to win by 14.
M. Rayford blistered the nets for 26 points. Bougard added 17 and C. Rayford 10. Sessom scored nine.
The Byhalia Indians had hard times on the road last week before bouncing back for a home win over Senatobia.
The boys dropped a 76-65 decision at North Panola January 26.
“We didn’t play defense,” coach Donald Bryant said. “Plus, we missed a lot of easy shots.”
Kenyatta Jones and Courtney Warren combined for 53 points in the loss – 31 from K. Jones and 22 from Warren.
The outcome wasn’t as close at Tunica. The Indians fell 98-70.
The difference came in the second and third periods, when Byhalia was outscored 55-29.
K. Jones had 25 points. Jalen Moffitt and Jamal Jones added 15 and 12, respectively.
The Byhalia boys climbed back to the .500 mark overall and in the district with a big 72-62 victory over Senatobia Friday night.
Warren had one of his best overall games of the season. He scored 23 points, hitting 14 of 18 free-throw tries, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists. K. Jones also blistered the nets for 23, including five threes. Moffitt added 10 points, while Jamison Euell had eight points and 18 rebounds.
The Indians were energized early, building a 23-9 lead. It was 38-33 at the half and the Indians stretched it to 10 by the final buzzer.
Byhalia, which went to 11-11 overall and 5-5 in the district, was 21 of 30 from the charity stripe.
The Indians and Lady Indians visited Lafayette Tuesday night. They host Rosa Fort Friday and then go to non-district rival Holly Springs Saturday night to close out the regular season.
The Region 2-4A Tournament is set for next week at Center Hill.
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