Thursday, January 5, 2012
Byhalia girls go 1-3 in tourney
By BARRY BURLESON
Byhalia basketball teams both visited neighboring Tennessee for tournaments last week.
The Lady Indians went 1-3 in the four-day Dragonfire Invitational at Collierville. The Indians went 0-2 in the Fayette-Ware Classic.
The Byhalia girls tipped off holiday week action December 27 with a 56-48 loss to the host school.
They fell behind 17-7 after one quarter.
Top scorers for the Lady Indians were Kimberly Reed with 19 and Shandricka Sessom with 13.
Three Byhalia players scored in double figures Wednesday of last week as they dominated Cordova, Tenn., 66-46.
Sessom blistered the nets for 20, while Quanisha Grayson was close behind with 18, and Reed had 15.
This time around, the Lady Indians came out of the gates on fire. They were up 22-4 after the first period and led 34-19 at intermission.
Thursday, the Lady Indians were on the short end of a 66-49 score versus Marion, Ark.
Byhalia was down 35-17 at halftime.
Reed, Sessom and Grayson continued their solid point production with 19, 13 and 12, respectively.
The Lady Indians then closed the tournament with a nip-and-tuck 55-53 setback to Millington (Tenn.).
Byhalia was on the short end of a 34-26 score at the half, trimmed that deficit in the third quarter but could not pull out the win.
Sessom scorched the nets for 27. Reed had 11.
The Byhalia boys lost an overtime game to Fayette-Ware and then fell by 20 to Haywood County (Tenn.).
Coach Todd Hutchinson said his Indians “played good” in a 74-70 loss Thursday to the host school.
“We played good but missed a lay-up at the buzzer (in regulation) for the win,” he said.
About a 76-56 loss Friday to Haywood County, he said, “We stayed in it early, then late in the second quarter, fatigue got us.”
“Haywood County was pressing and running.”
The Lady Indians (10-8) and the Indians (2-13) hosted Charleston at home Tuesday. They visit Independence Friday.
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