Thursday, December 15, 2011
Byers sweeps Cards
By BARRY BURLESON
One school dominated when Marshall County rivals collided on the hardwood Friday night.
Host H.W. Byers won the girls game by 54 points and the boys by 31 over Potts Camp.
The Lady Lions, defending Class 1A state champions, came out clicking on all cylinders and coasted to the 93-39 victory.
“We played really well on defense,” said Jason Thompson, head coach of the Byers girls. “We are improving every game this season at doing the little things.”
They led the Lady Cardinals 49-24 at the half and outscored the visitors 28-8 in the third period.
Byers players in double digits were – Abria Gulledge with 19, Kyra Gulledge 16, Alexis Hardaway 12 and Shadae Nolen 10.
Tenesha Woods of Potts Camp was the game’s high scorer with 22.
The Lady Lions upped their season mark to 7-3, while the Lady Cardinals went to 5-7.
In the nightcap, the Lions got 25 points from A.J. Mabon in a 79-48 win over the Cardinals.
Other top point producers for the home team were Jarvis Jones with 19 and Chris Echols with 13.
The Lions, who improved their record to 4-2, went up 24-14 after one quarter and then outscored Potts Camp by 14 in the second and seven in the third.
Leading a young Cardinal team, still in search of its first victory, was Xavion Allen with 17.
The Lions and Lady Lions were slated to host another county rival, Byhalia, on Tuesday of this week. They then welcome Coahoma County Friday night. Next week, Dec. 22-23, the Lady Lions will host the Magic City Showdown.
“We hope to take advantage of the next string of home games and get a big crowd of fans to support the teams throughout the holiday break,” Thompson said.
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