Thursday, February 23, 2012
H.W. Byers girls, boys win north openers
By CLAUDE VINSON
H.W. Byers teams got to stay at home February 14 for the first trials in Class 1A North State.
The girls were up first and they faced the Lady Rams of Vardaman. The Byers girls team is known as the Lady Lions, but they could have easily been mistaken for a hive of bees the way they swarmed all over the Lady Rams. They were trapping the ball on the open floor and were virtually unmatchable in the paint at both ends. The first period score of 29-3 didn’t take into account the blown shots.
In the second frame, the Lady Lions were still going full throttle and whereas the Lady Rams had picked up their game, the 60-14 halftime score showed them far behind.
The shearing of the Lady Rams continued in the third with Alexis Hardaway, Abria Gulledge, Justice Martin and Kyra Gulledge doing major damage. As was the case with the preceding quarters, there was not a lot of fouling from either side. For the Lady Lions it was a “run and gun” exercise. When the period ended it was 80-18 in favor of the Lady Lions.
Although head coach Jason Thompson rested the “wrecking crew” in the final period, the Lady Lions tallied nine more points to make the final score 89-19.
A. Gulledge led the victors with 19. Martin and K. Gulledge posted 14 each, while Hardaway had 13 and Madison McCreless pitched in 10.
Lions down Tremont
The Lions’ North Half game had been played on the same night as the Lady Lions because of the threat of inclement weather which caused the girls game to be moved to Tuesday evening.
The Tremont Eagles reached the North Half with a 13-14 record. They brought both height and speed to the table.
They were first on the board but Chris Echols slammed one hard to make and opening statement for the Lions. They then brought a solid defense and steadily pulled out front by twelve (22-10) at quarter’s end.
Byers was operating with a 12- to 16-point advantage throughout the second period. The Eagles were playing just as hard but the Lions’ three-balls were making the difference, which equated to 21 (45-24) at intermission.
Coach Trey Lawrence’s Lions continued to control the tempo and the points spread. In the third, they were maintaining the big advantage over the Eagles, running up to 22 points ahead (60-38).
The fourth period scoring was almost even (13-12), but the Lions were already in cruise mode and ready to move on to the next stop in their quest with a final tally of 73-50.
Herrandus Washington snarled loudest for the home team, registering 20 points. He was backed by 19 from Jarvis Jones, 15 from Anthony Mabon and eight from Marterrious Rayford.
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