Thursday, February 9, 2012
Byers sweeps Byhalia
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Byhalia Lady Indians were keeping right up with their invited guests, H.W. Byers, in this intra-county rival game January 31.
They were making the Lady Lions work for every rebound. They were holding the usually speedy guard force in check. Byhalia wasn’t far behind (13-9), after one.
The Lady Lions were having difficulty in stretching their lead in this one. They were not doing a lot of long-range bombing; they hit one of four attempts in the first half. Byhalia cut the difference to one (21-20), but Byers built it back to seven (29-22) at the half. Kyra Gulledge had picked up a third foul and retired to the bench in the second.
The Lady Indians were not backing down. They kept things pretty close for the first four minutes of the third until Justice Martin began clawing her way through the lane. She led the charge to the third quarter score of 42-28. The Lady Indians’ shots just weren’t connecting.
The Lady Lions had built a 20-point lead but then they lost their center and her back-up to infractions. However, Byers had a solid enough lead to coast to the 14-point (52-38) margin of victory.
Shandricka Sessom led the Lady Indians with 13, aided by nine each from Quanisha Grayson and Kimberly Reed.
Byers had distributive scoring from all its players though Martin emerged with the highest total of 19.
Indians fall short
The nightcap was a contest between the Lions and Indians – which could have been very easily played above the rim. Both squads have players who can leap to the rafters.
Byers’ Chris Echols attempted a couple of slams in the early minutes but the moves had been anticipated by the Indians and each was thwarted.
Maybe the dunking well was closed but the three gate was wide open. Echols and Darion Cunningham flooded it with five spread between them (the duo would go on to collect two more before intermission). The visitors led 25-16 at the end of the first quarter.
The Indians did whittle the Lions’ double-digit lead to half by break-time (41-35).
Early in the third, the Byers’ comfortable lead almost evaporated. It went down to one point (51-50), until Anthony Mabon found himself open on the right wing and nailed a long one to end the third 54-50.
It was evident that both teams were in this rivalry game right up to the very end. Neither side ever wants to lose these contests. The Indians never stopped attacking. Byers slowed the action down at the two-minute mark with a nine-point margin and went on to win 66-58.
Kendrick Parker and Angelo Powell led the Indians with 12 apiece.
Echols (21), Mabon (16) and Cunningham (11) powered the Lions.
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