Thursday, January 19, 2012
Byers sweeps Devils
By BARRY BURLESON
H.W. Byers basketball teams started Region 2-1A play on a winning note last week.
The Lions and Lady Lions invaded rival Ashland and picked up 15- and 11-point wins, respectively.
Coach Trey Lawrence’s Lions were on fire from the opening tip. They led 30-5 following one quarter and were up 50-24 at the half.
“A 30-point first quarter is a good way to start any game,” said Lawrence, whose team improved to 8-6 overall. “We did some things a little different defensively, and that got us some easy chances on the offensive end.”
The Blue Devils, despite trailing by 26 at the half, did not quit.
“They made some good adjustments at halftime,” Lawrence said. “We were fortunate to be up big at the half. We were glad to get out with the win. Ashland played well in the second half.”
Anthony Mabon scored a season-high 30 for Byers. Also in double digits were Herrandus Washington with 17 and Chris Echols with 10.
Jarvis Jones grabbed 15 rebounds.
“One of the biggest factors in the win was our rebounding,” he said. “They got one shot most of the night.
Darius Dukes, one of the leading scorers in the state, had 24 points for Ashland.
The Lady Lions, top ranked in Class 1A, found themselves in a tough battle versus Ashland but survived 62-51.
“For the first time in my career, I’m at a loss for words,” said coach Jason Thompson, whose team improved to 13-4. “It was unlike anything I ever want to see again.”
He said his team was whistled for 26 fouls to Ashland’s six.
“I’ve seen a lot of environments, but never experienced anything like that.”
The Lady Lions were up 39-26 at the half but the Lady Blue Devils sliced their deficit to 45-42 following three periods.
“We into our spread – stall game – down the stretch,” Thompson said, “and made a couple of free throws and some lay-ups. They had to pick up a couple of fouls down the stretch.”
Leading point producers were Abria Gulledge with 16, Kyra Gulledge with 14 and Richenda Crutcher with 11. Kyra Gulledge also had 15 rebounds and nine blocked shots.
He said his team did not play well but escaped.
“We got off to a rocky start (in district) but a winning start,” Thompson said. “We got the main thing right – we had more points.”
For Ashland, Khadijah Preston had 13 and Dametris Anderson 12.
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