Thursday, February 2, 2012
Byers sweeps Potts Camp
By CLAUDE VINSON
This was another of those classic intra-Marshall county rivalry matchups – H.W. Byers versus Potts Camp.
It matters not how the teams have played thus far. Ratings and standings have nothing to do with it. In these contests, the teams come to scrap.
The Lady Lions appeared razor sharp in the first quarter and ran out to a 14-3 mark.
In the second period, the Lady Cardinals’ offense sparked and they started to find the nylon. During the same span, Byers’ point production fell off. Potts Camp cut the deficit below double digits at one point but then allowed the Lady Lions to get the upper hand again at 28-10 by intermission.
The Lady Lions came out in the third using flame throwers. They torched the nets for 21 points in the first six minutes and held the Lady Cardinals’ offense to four. Byers would add seven more before the frame expired, 56-18.
Both squads substituted freely in the last quarter but the Lady Lions still exhibited complete control over the scoring and cruised to a final score of 67-18.
The Lady Lions had a trio of players scoring doubles, Abria Gulledge with 19, Justice Martin with 17 and Richenda Crutcher with 10.
Tanesha Woods hit five for Potts Camp (13-13) and Brittany Pitts and Jessica Peterson had four apiece. Zana Davis, a starter for the Lady Cards, was sidelined with an injured hand.
Lions complete sweep
It was apparent this game night was highly anticipated. Former long-serving Holly Springs alderman Bill Henley and Mrs. Henley and retired Marshall County Schools superintendent of education Don Randolph and Mrs. Randolph were courtside.
Both squads started at a breakneck pace. Byers was connecting on a good number of the shots they were throwing at the nylon. Chris Echols got his followers in it early with a trademark slam. Byers was up 37-15 after one.
The Lions were still hot in the second period. The hustle on both sides was still as aggressive, with Byers getting a lion’s share of the rebounds and making good use of their close-in opportunities. It was 51-23 at the half.
The Lions were still holding sway in the third, carrying a commanding lead throughout. With time running out, Xavion Allen for Potts Camp pulled up at the center line and hit one that could have graced anyone’s highlight reel. The score was 71-33.
The Cardinals turned in a 20-point performance in the last stanza but it lagged far behind the Lions’ total score of 86-53.
Jarvis Jones led Byers with 15. Herrandus Washington had 14. Echols had 10 as did Ladarian Crutcher.
Rodger Harmon scored nine for Potts Camp and Jachristian Davis had eight.
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