Thursday, January 12, 2012
Byhalia falls in district games
By CLAUDE VINSON
This meeting Tuesday of last week was the third district game for the Lady Indians and the fourth for the Charleston Lady Tigers.
The Lady Tigers had defeated three district foes prior to the contest with Byhalia. Their overall record was 11-2.
Charleston went out front first. It was a 5-0 lead until Quanisha Grayson hit a wide open shot from trey land. They traded baskets after that with Charleston getting a 3-1 advantage at the line. The Lady Tigers prevailed 13-10 in the first quarter.
The squads were still playing at an even pace in the second frame. They were even keeping up with each other in infractions. Both had registered a dozen fouls each. The Lady Tigers pulled away by six points, but it was trimmed back when Latara Jones turned an old-fashioned three. But Mandy Moore had come off of the bench and shoveled one in through the back door for the visitors. There were still a few seconds left when Grayson called for the ball at the top of the key and in trey territory. Jones obliged and Grayson’s shot netted just as the horn sounded on the 29-26 score.
The Lady Indians took their first lead (33-32) in the opening minutes of the third. After that they swung the pendulum further in their favor and went up by four. Charleston literally ran back, used the fast break and went up 50-43 at the end of the period.
The Lady Indians appeared out of sorts and out of steam during the final period. Their field shooting was off although they missed just three at the line. Their total output was 10 as opposed to 16 for the opponent, who won 66-53.
Byhalia had a trio of shooters in double figures, led by Shandricka Sesssom with 13, 12 from Grayson and 11 from Jones.
Indians lose to Tigers
The visiting Tigers opened up by going to their long-ball shooter. Marland Sanders planted a pair of treys right off.
Whatever malaise plagued the Lady Indians in their game it did not appear to have carried over to their counterparts in the first half of their game. The Indians came out running. They swapped leads a couple of times before Charleston settled on the 16-11 margin for the first.
Byhalia didn’t let up in the second stanza. Their speed matched Charleston and they hovered closely in the scoring. Kendrick Parker was showing the way for the Indians. He had two treys and three deuces in the first half.
But his opposition in the Tigers jersey had a trio of treys (four over the course of the game) and a pair of deuces to lead the Tigers into the halftime. He was clearly the floor leader for the visitors, who led 29-24 at intermission.
The Indians had their best quarter in the third. They outran and outscored the Tigers throughout the frame, however, they still ended up with a one-point deficit at 38-37.
The competitive spirit seemed to have waned in the fourth. The Indians just couldn’t get the ball to drop with any consistency. They fell to the district foe 53-44.
Parker scored 15 for the Indians, followed by Pat Stevenson and Dandrick Fifer with nine and eight, respectively.
Byhalia dropped a pair Friday night at Independence, another district foe.
The Lady Indians fell 56-46 to the Lady Wildcats.
For Byhalia, Shandricka Sessom gunned in 20 points. Also in double digits were Quanisha Grayson with 13 and Kimberly Reed with 10.
In the nightcap, the Indians lost a 68-67 heart-breaker in double overtime.
Four Byhalia players scored in double figures – Pat Stevenson with 20, Damarcus Confer 14, Antonio Wilson 13 and Dandrick Fifer 11.
The Lady Indians are 10-10 overall and 1-3 in the district and the Indians 2-15 and 0-4.
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