December 27, 2012
Byers sweeps county rival
The battle to determine who is best among the county schools recorded another chapter on Thursday night when the teams from Potts Camp met those from H.W. Byers.
For the girls, the rivalry began even at three apiece. The host Lady Lions began mishandling the ball, often. The Lady Cardinals took full advantage and had doubled Byers up (14-7) at the end of the first period.
The Lady Lions were still turning the ball over at a steady clip, however, the shooting and scoring had improved. Justice Martin’s second trey tied it at 15-all. Martin had found her range and popped a third three ball. The visitors appeared a bit rattled after that. The Lady Lions kept pounding the nylon and they really controlled the ball and moved out to 34-19 at the break.
The Lady Lions slowed it down in the third quarter, but they were still putting plenty of points on the board. They went to the line often but had a little over half in the success rate. They had only two opportunities in the entire first half. It was 55-33 after three.
The Lady Lions (11-2) held the Lady Cardinals to seven points in the last frame. They won going away at 72-40.
Martin led all scorers with 24, followed by Kadejar Moore with 17, Laniqua Collins with 11 and Madison McCreless with eight.
Leading Potts Camp (12-3) were Zana Davis with 14, Jessica Peterson with 10 and Brittany Pitts with nine.
The boys game got underway with the usual test period. They pawed at each other until the dunk meister (H.W. Byers’ Chris Echols) got a slam early on and raised the crowd’s intensity level even higher. Both squads were making a full-court game of it with the Lions taking a 23-14 lead at the quarter.
Jarvis Jones came in for Potts Camp and much like he did in the game between Potts Camp and Byhalia on Tuesday night, he ignited the Cardinal offense. And he hit one of those “money ball” treys to tie it at 33-all at the half.
In the third, the Cardinals were trying to match the scoring pace of the high-powered Lions and a couple of times they came close. Twice they were within five. It was 55-49 at the end of three.
The Cards, whose record went to 1-16, hustled and went full tilt for four complete quarters, but the Lions got the victory 73-64. Byers improved to 7-5 overall.
Echols led the floor with 27. A.J. Mabon pitched in 20.
Jamarquis Foster led the Cardinals with 15, while Jamorris Reynolds and Jordan Harris had 12 apiece. And Brantley Harris rounded out the leading scorers with eight.
The Byers girls played in the New Site tournament last Saturday. The boys will play in the Coldwater Tournament December 27-28. Byers hosts Holly High Saturday, Dec. 29.
Potts Camp teams are off until January 4 when they host Ashland.
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