Thursday, June 21, 2012
Roundball continues at Byers
By CLAUDE VINSON
Probably before the summer is over, head coach Jason Thompson is going to be referred to as “the Cecil B. DeMille of basketball.”
Thompson hosted another set of summer games last week at the “Lions’ Den” with a total of eight teams coming in. The games ran from Wednesday through Friday.
Coach Thompson had matched his Lady Lions against the 6A Lady Eagles of Horn Lake. The Lady Eagles are led by coach Janna Lyons. Lyons led the Lady Eagles to the state championship title in 2010, fell to Northwest Rankin by three points in 2011 and lost in the first round in 2012 to Forest Hill. The Lady Lions trailed the 6A powerhouse by just two points (14-12), in the first half and lost 39-28.
The Lady Eagles also defeated the Lady Tigers of Middleton, Tenn., 32-25 in a later game.
Holly High faced a pair of Lion teams in their outing on Thursday. First there were those of Rosa Fort and then later in the day the hosting Lions. The Hawks took an early lead against Rosa Fort in the first 16-minute period and held it for the duration, save a few seconds near the end when Tunica tied it at 15 all. Holly High had led by seven points at one time. The Rosa Fort Lions showed plenty of hustle while playing catch-up.
Neither team was getting any second chance opportunities due to effective defensive rebounding. Misses from the floor were high. These could have been attributable to a lack of experience since Rosa Fort also had a lot of new faces. The Lions did settle down a little and grab a four-point lead. Holly High almost pulled it out at the end but fell one point short at 27-26.
The Hawks faced the Lions of H.W. Byers in a highly-contested battle for their next game. It matters little when or where these two play or under what circumstances, one can expect an intense effort from both sides. This summer game was no different. Holly High came out on top in the first half at 14-10.
The second 16 minutes started rife with turnovers from both teams. The Hawks did maintain a small lead until the final three minutes when Anthony Mabon moved the Lions ahead with his third trey.
The Fahrenheit really went up then. With less than a half minute left to play and Holly High trailing by four points, Jarvis Jones got the last statement with a hard dunk. Jones had 13 with Mabon leading the floor with 15. The final score was 34-28 favoring the Lions.
The Lady Hawks of Holly High fell behind early with their chance encounter with the Lady Tigers of Middleton, Tenn. The Lady Hawks never quite got going in that first period. Their main problem was a speedy Lady Tiger guard who did it all. She fast broke, she shot long balls, assisted and rebounded both ways. Aderly Joy’s 16 points overall were the reason that the Lady Tigers had a 17-6 lead at the period’s end.
The Lady Hawks were still struggling in the second period and Middleton seemed to have gained more confidence, getting other members of the team in on the act. They went on to win 32-19.
The Lady Hawks dropped their other game of the day to the Lady Eagles of Horn Lake. They were down 28-8 at the end of the first period and 44-18 when it ended.
H.W. Byers High School will host another round of games this week.
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