January 26, 2012
Byers sweeps Myrtle
The Lady Lions were facing a perennial rival in the Lady Hawks from Myrtle Tuesday of last week.
Traditionally, Myrtle has provided one of the biggest hurdles for H.W. Byers to clear on their run to the playoffs. Tuesday of last week, the undefeated and third-ranked Lady Hawks (22-0) went out front 8-3 and then it was tied at nine before the top-ranked Lady Lions called a halt. They outpointed the visitors 20-11 to end the first quarter.
The Lady Lions increased their lead to 11 in the second, but they made a few mistakes and the Lady Hawks were not napping. They caught up and played Byers close until the last couple of minutes. The Lady Lions stretched it to four points again (30-26) before heading to the locker room.
The Lady Hawks were still making a great effort in the third. They were keeping Byers away from any double-digit leads. Myrtle’s big girl in the middle, Aspriona Gilbert, was playing with three fouls but she was not backing away. The third ended on a score of 49-40.
The Lady Lions really showed their fangs in the last stanza. They gave the visitors no chance at all. Their speed and hustle were just as great as they were in the preceding quarters, however, they added deadly accuracy. And they went on to defeat the undefeated and hand them their first Region 1-1A loss at 68-49.
Byers had four shooters in double figures – Kyra Gulledge and Justice Martin with 15 each and Abria Gulledge and Richenda Crutcher with 12 each.
Gilbert paced Myrtle with 18, followed by Halle Knowles with 11 and Kiana Judon with nine.
Lions take Hawks
The scramble was on from the start. Both squads were battling for positions and balls. The game was not that old before Chris Echols broke away from the pack and was spotted by a fellow Lion, who dished him the assist and he brought the large crowd to its feet as he jammed it with both hands. The Lions owned the first period 18-10.
The Lions had been keeping the Hawks back by six or so points but the Hawks began tracking the ball like radar. They cut the lead to one with under a minute left. Byers bounced back quickly to lead 31-26 at half time.
The game was still hotly contested in the third until Herrandus Washington hit back-to-back long balls. Then Jarvis Jones and Echols became almost flawless in their putbacks. The Lions blasted their way to a 54-39 difference going into the final frame.
Byers held the Hawks to just six points as they turned the fourth period into a scoring fest. They were running a double-digit margin throughout. They took the victory 71-55.
Jones pulled out all the stops and led the floor with 29. Echols and Marterrious Rayford were next with 10 each. Washington had eight for Byers.
Robert Montgomery scored 17 for Myrtle with Jonathan West pitching in 13.
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