Thursday, February 17, 2011
Lady Indians beat Rosa Fort
By BARRY BURLESON
Both Byhalia High School varsity basketball squads kept their seasons alive last week.
The Lady Indians, topseeded in the Region 2-4A Tournament, downed Rosa Fort in the semi-finals Saturday. They faced Lafayette Monday for the championship.
The Indians beat North Panola in round one and fell to Rosa Fort in the semis. They met host Center Hill Monday in the consolation contest.
Girls vs. Rosa Fort
Coach Renee Crenshaw said her Byhalia girls “stepped up” in the fourth quarter and pulled out a 66- 61 win over the Lady Lions.
“We were up 8-0 early and right before halftime we got a little winded,” Crenshaw said.
The Lady Indians trailed 50-48 entering the final period.
“It was all about heart,” Coach Crenshaw said.
Latara Jones hit some crucial free throws in the last minute to seal the deal.
“Big games are won at the free-throw line,” she said. “Saturday we got a taste of it.”
Erica Bougard was red hot. She scored 22 for the Lady Indians. Crystal Rayford contributed 14 and Megan Rayford 13. Jones had eight.
“We’re playing team ball right now, and that’s the big thing,” Coach Crenshaw said about her 20-6 team. “They’ve worked hard and put the hours in at the gym to get this far. I’m proud of them.”
The Lady Indians hosted either Tishomingo County or Itawamba Tuesday night. With a win, they will advance to the North 4A quarterfinals later in the week at a site to be determined (likely Pontotoc).
Boys vs. N. Panola
The Byhalia boys fell behind North Panola in the early going but coach Donald Bryant used a couple of quick timeouts to get his team’s attention. They bounced back to win 65-61.
“I told them it was win or go home,” Bryant said. “I talked to them really good. We were just making some poor decisions on the court.”
Byhalia trailed 18-6 after one quarter. But the Lions outscored the Cougars 21-15 in the second, 20-14 in the third and 18-14 in the fourth.
Kenyatta Jones was the top gun with 19 points. Courtney Warren was close behind with 18. Jamerson Euell scored 10, all in the second half.
Euell also had 11 rebounds and two blocked shots. Warren grabbed nine rebounds.
Jalen Moffitt had nine points and five steals. Jamal Jones also tossed in nine points.
Boys vs. Rosa Fort
The fifth-seeded Indians lost to the top-seeded Lions 89-53 Saturday in the district tournament semi-finals and saw their record drop to 12- 14 on the season.
Byhalia was down 17-14 after one quarter, 41-24 at the half and 70-35 following three quarters.
“They jumped all over us in the second quarter and suddenly we were down by 17 at the half,” Coach Bryant said. “Jamerson Euell got his third foul in the second quarter and the entire game changed.”
K. Jones finished with a game-high 26 points. Warren added 10.
Depending on the outcome of Monday’s district consolation game versus Center Hill, the Indians traveled to either New Albany or Shannon Tuesday (of this week) in North 4A play. With a win in round one, they advance to the quarter-finals later in the week at a site to be determined (likely New Albany.).
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