Thursday, February 16, 2012
Lady Indians score 107 in round one, go on to take third
By BARRY BURLESON
The Byhalia Lady Indians took two of three in the Region 3-3A Tournament, highlighted by plus-100-point game, and advanced to North State for the second straight year.
“We’re not playing as well as we can,” coach Renee Crenshaw said, “but we’re playing good for a young team. We graduated seven seniors (last year) and I’m relying on mostly 14- and 15-year-olds.”
The Lady Indians, who improved to 17-14, was scheduled to visit Ripley Monday night of this week in the opening round of North State.
The third-seeded Byhalia girls blistered M.S. Palmer in round one of the district tourney 107-41.
“That says something about this team’s capabilities,” said Crenshaw, in her second full season at the helm. “Shots we usually miss, we were making. All of our scorers were on the same page.”
Shandricka Sessom was at the top of the page. She poured in 29. Quanisha Grayson was next with 22. Also in double figures were Jasmin Jones with 17 (eight of nine from the field), Kimberly Reed with 16 and Cornesha Rayford with 10.
Sessom grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out 10 assists. Grayson had nine rebounds. Latara Jones had five steals and four assists.
Two nights later it was a different story. The Lady Indians struggled to score and fell 47-36 to the host team, Independence.
“We had an off night,” Crenshaw.
The real trouble came in the second quarter when Byhalia scored just four points.
“In the second half, we played better,” she said, “but we couldn’t climb out of the hole.”
Reed scored half of her team’s points with 17.
The Lady Indians were clicking again Friday when they knocked off North Panola 65-41 to claim the third spot from Region 3-3A.
“We came out and played hard,” Crenshaw said. “All of our leading scorers were in double figures. And we picked it up on the defensive end, too.”
Byhalia actually trailed by two at the half but came out on fire in the third quarter - outscoring North Panola 23-8 in the period.
Reed scorched the nets for 25 points. Sessom added 19 and Latara Jones 10.
Sessom also had nine rebounds and three blocks, and Latara Jones had five assists.
With a win Monday night of this week over Ripley, the Lady Indians would move on to the North State quarter-finals Thursday at a site to be determined (likely Belmont).
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