Thursday, March 1, 2012
Byers blisters Bogue Chitto
By CLAUDE VINSON
It was the number one team from the North, H.W. Byers, versus the number two team from the South, Bogue Chitto – the exact same roles as last season. However, there was one slight difference – the starting time.
The H.W. Byers Lady Lions, defending Class 1A state champions, entered “The Big House” Saturday at 1 p.m. for the semi-finals with a record of 27-4.
The Lady Bobcats of Bogue Chitto had posted a record of 20-13, however, they had dropped seven players from their last year’s roster through attrition.
The Lady Lions were not challenged or threatened in the opening period with Justice Martin and Alexis Hardaway going to work right from the start. They built a 31-5 margin of difference at the end of the quarter.
Byers, although starting to play mostly reserves in the second frame, kept the Lady Bobcats in a tailspin. The downward spiral resulted in a 46-13 mark at intermission.
The Lady Lions were also very productive at the charity stripe. Madison McCreless and Kyra Gulledge were flawless in their attempts. Byers hit 10 of 12 as a team.
Byers struck for 20 more points in the third quarter while holding Bogue Chitto to nine (66-22).
The final frame was by far the best for the Lady Bobcats, due largely to the efforts of Adrienne Wallace. However, it was not nearly enough to wipe away the big lead amassed by the Lady Lions who won by a 36-point margin (75-39).
K. Gulledge played for 22 minutes and led the floor with 19 points.
Hardaway followed closely behind her in both time on the floor (20 minutes) and scoring (16). Martin was next with 10 and McCreless and Abria Gulledge rounded it out with eight each.
Wallace led the Lady Bobcats with 16, helped with 10 from Earlneshia Dillon.
The semi-final victory propelled the Lady Lions into the final game this Friday, March 2, at 1 p.m. They will meet an all-too-familiar foe in the Lady Cougars of Coldwater.
Coldwater won its semi game over Hinds Agricultural High School, by beating the Lady Bulldogs 69-43.
Both teams will be battling for a fourth state title.
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