Thursday, February 17, 2011
Byers teams waltz into district finals
By CLAUDE VINSON
After a one-day weather delay, the H.W. Byers Lady Lions took the court at Myrtle against the Lady Falcons of Ingomar. The top-seeded Lady Lions had received a first round “bye.”
The start was slow on both squads but Abria Gulledge started planting threes and put the Lady Lions out front 16-5.
Head coach Jason Thompson went to his bench early, running in reserves at will. Even with the multiple substitutions, the Lady Lions upped the tempo and padded the lead. It was 38-14 at intermission.
The squads had identical points scored in the third quarter but Byers maintained a very hefty margin of separation with a mark of 47-23 at the end of three.
The Lady Falcons still could not make the Lady Lions their prey in the fourth quarter as Byers held them scoreless. The Lady Lions waltzed into the finals on Saturday with a 64-23 win.
Kourtney Coleman led Byers with 21 points. Gulledge had 19, including five treys.
Shelly Grisham led the Lady Falcons with 13.
Lions claw Falcons
The H.W. Byers Lions followed the Lady Lions into the fray at Myrtle. They had not received a first round “bye” and had to contest the West Union Eagles in the opening round. They survived that one and were now facing the Falcons of Ingomar in round two. The first quarter was pretty much even with Byers coming away with a two-point edge at 13-11.
Byers was controlling its turnovers (they had seven in the first half) in the second period and the lead changed hands a couple of times before Anthony Mabon popped a long one at the buzzer, which went through cleanly for a 27-24 lead.
The Lions turned it up a notch in the third. They were still handling the ball well and took their biggest lead of the game at seven points, 39-32 after the third frame.
Both squads were getting max fan support. The raucous crowd on both sides was getting its coinage. However, the Falcons were quickly melting down and the Lions had an 18-point lead with a little over two minutes left to play.
The Falcons were not able to muster up enough muscle to keep the Lions from advancing at 63-48.
The Lions got some distributive scoring with Mabon leading the way with 13. Marterrious Rayford had nine. Mitchell Wilson and Shantez Hearn scored eight apiece.
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