January 17, 2013
The Shandricka Sessom and Kimberly Reed scoring machine was clicking on all cylinders Friday night at Byhalia High School.
With the two combining for 53 points, the Lady Indians beat Region 3-3A foe Independence 79-63.
Sessom, a junior, scored 32, with 20 coming in the second half. Reed, a sophomore, had 21, including five threes in the first quarter.
Reed’s teammates kept feeding her in the opening period and she kept delivering. Her fifth long-range bomb of the quarter put Byhalia in front 24-5.
The Lady Wildcats got to within 11 in the second quarter but the Lady Indians were in full control, 39-23, at the halfway point.
It was the Sessom show in the second half, particularly in the fourth quarter. Her three made it 73-57 with 2:04 left in the game.
Veteran coach Reginald Jones, in his first season at Byhalia, was very happy with the win and said he has a great group of girls.
“There is still a lot of work to be done,” he said. “They are young and have room to get better.”
The Byhalia boys were the victims of a last-second shot in the nightcap. They lost 59-58 to Independence.
The Indians, however, showed a lot of fight.
They trailed for three quarters. They were down as many as 11 in the first half and as many as 13 in the third quarter.
But Kendrick Parker provided some spark late in the third and his hustle and points lit a comeback fire.
At the 4:39 mark of the fourth, Demarcus Confer scored, was fouled and sank the free throw to give Byhalia a 43-42 lead.
The Indians led by six, 58-52, when Tavis Golden hit a free throw with 33 seconds to go.
Then the Wildcats drilled a three and got two quick baskets off Byhalia turnovers, the last in the final second of the wild finish.
Parker and D. Confer were the top guns for the Indians in the heart-breaking loss. They had 16 and 15 points, respectively.
The Byhalia boys were on the better end of a close game Tuesday of last week in Charleston. They won a 54-52 thriller in overtime.
The Tigers hit a three with six seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 49. The Indians won the overtime 5-3 and left with the district victory.
“It was a very hard-fought road win,” coach Todd Hutchinson said.
Parker poured in 23 points. Golden added 12.
The Lady Indians were on the short end of a 72-52 score at Charleston.
They led 20-15 after one quarter before falling behind 33-28 at halftime. Charleston pulled away in the fourth.
Sessom had 27 points in the loss.
The Indians enter this week’s action with an 8-13 overall record and 2-2 in the district. The Lady Indians are 6-10 overall and 3-1 in the district.
Byhalia teams hosted M.S. Palmer Tuesday. They go to Winona Friday night and then visit North Panola next Tuesday, Jan. 22.
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