Thursday, January 19, 2012
Lady Indians knock off two district opponents
By BARRY BURLESON
The Byhalia Indians got their first district win of the season January 10 at M.S. Palmer.
Coach Todd Hutchinson’s team downed the Dragons 49-44.
The Indians built a 27-14 halftime advantage, outscored Palmer 11-8 in the third and held on in the fourth for the victory.
Scoring in double figures were Demarcus Confer and Kendrick Parker with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
They improved to 1-4 in Region 3-3A and 3-15 overall.
“It has been a tough schedule, but the guys are competing,” Hutchinson said. “Looking at the division though, we still have a great opportunity to get out (for the playoffs).”
The Lady Indians had little trouble with the Lady Dragons, winning 61-34, and going to 2-3 in the district and 11-10 overall.
Coach Renee Crenshaw’s squad took control early – leading 20-5 after the first period.
“We started off playing great basketball,” Crenshaw said. “We are such a young team – some nights it takes us some time to get in sync.”
Eight Byhalia girls scored. Kimberly Reed and Shandricka Sessom were the top guns with 19 and 18 points, respectively. Quanisha Grayson had nine.
The Lady Indians evened their district mark with a 73-35 rout of Winona Friday night at home.
Byhalia blistered the nets in the first quarter – going up 23-6. With stiff defense and more hot shooting, the outcome was never in doubt.
Sessom poured in 26 points. Reed and Grayson followed with 13 and 12, respectively. Latara Jones had 10.
The Byhalia boys were tied with Winona after one quarter but couldn’t stay close – losing the game 63-44.
The Tigers (16-3) outscored the Indians 20-9 in the second quarter and 18-7 in the fourth.
For Byhalia, Keyton Thomas scored 10 and Dandrick Fifer nine.
The Lady Indians (12-10) and Indians (3-16) hosted North Panola Tuesday. They visit Charleston Friday. Both are district matchups on the basketball court.
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