Thursday, July 5, 2012
Shootouts wrap up at Byers
By CLAUDE VINSON
The summer basketball team shootouts, being held at H.W. Byers, ended on Wednesday, June 27. The sessions provided an after-season venue for teams in the area to hone skills and test playing strategies against foes of varying abilities.
On Tuesday, June 26, the Lady Lions tipped off against the 6A Lady Eagles of Horn Lake. The Lady Eagles quickly settled into a points-gathering rhythm and pumped in enough buckets to have a seven-point lead (22-15) at the end of the first 16-minute period.
The Lady Lions had subbed liberally throughout the game and Abria Gulledge had demonstrated that she still had the stroke from long range by sticking a trio of threes. Denesha Dillard and Felicia Odum had led the Lady Eagles to the halftime lead.
The Lady Lions walked themselves back in it during the last three minutes of the second half and took their first lead of the game at 34-32. The score was tied three times after that. But Byers generally finds a way to win and did just that at 42-38.
Treasure Evans had nine points and Odum seven for Horn Lake.
The Lady Lions faced the Lady Hawks of Holly High next and ran up a 12-point (19-7) lead in the first period. They didn’t waste any time in establishing control of the game. The Lady Hawks never quite recovered their equilibrium and the score just kept going up in favor of the Lady Lions.
Stelandria Walton led the Lady Hawks with 10 points as they fell to Byers 48-20.
Prior to their game with the Lady Lions, the Lady Hawks played a very good game against 6A Horn Lake. The Lady Eagles did not leave the bench following their game with the Lady Lions. They seemed a bit sluggish going into the second part of the doubleheader and Holly High came out well versus the larger school. The Lady Hawks kept it close and even had a one-point lead at halftime, 18-17.
In the second half it was bigger bird versus smaller bird in the paint and at the line. Horn Lake made 10 of its 19 freebies to edge the Lady Hawks by four points (40-36).
Stelandria Walton connected for 10 and teammate Lakendra Bell hit seven.
Treasure Evans led the Lady Eagles with 13, followed by Alondrea Rush with eight.
Hawks win one, lose one
The Holly High Hawks closed out their stint on Tuesday with a doubleheader. They faced the Commodores of Lafayette in the first contest and the Lions of Rosa Fort in the next.
It started out as a low-scoring affair. Both squads were having problems finding the bottom of the nylon. They began connecting in the latter part of the first 16-minute period. They stayed close to each other with the ’Dores gaining a four-point difference at the half (17-13).
The second period was a seesaw battle. It ended with Brandon Mack of the ’Dores hitting a trey to tie it 33-all at regulation’s end. No minutes were put on the clock and the squads squared off for a “sudden death” overtime. Lafayette ducked in for a quick deuce and stole the win, 35-33.
Marvin Burke led the way for the Hawks with 10, with Vonte Smith three behind at seven. Mack led the ’Dores with eight and teammate Montrel Nabors threw in seven.
The Hawks and the Lions of Rosa Fort were on the floor about five minutes before a basket was made. After that, each squad hit a trey and a deuce to make it a five-all game. The Hawks then pulled ahead on some three-point shooting from the perimeter and close-in play by Montrel Smith. They were up 17-11 at intermission.
In the second period, the Hawks were clinging to a thin lead but the Lions caught up and took a one-point lead. The Hawks came back and tied it at 26 with five minutes left on the clock. The big man in the middle for Holly High (Smith) kept pounding it in and the Hawks escaped with a 32-31 victory.
Smith had 12 for the Hawks.
Both the Hawks and the Lady Lions traveled to Coldwater for an all-day shootout June 29.
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