Thursday, February 13, 2014
Lions win thriller
By BARRY BURLESON
It’s important to take momentum into the post-season.
Coach Trey Lawrence’s H.W. Byers Lions got a big shot in the arm Friday at home. They knocked off Bruce in a high-scoring thriller, 80-79.
“We grew up a lot Friday night,” he said. “Maybe we can go a run now.”
Byers battled back from a 39-35 halftime deficit and came through in the clutch.
Courtney Bean blistered the nets for 29 points and also pulled down 12 rebounds. Montavious Reynolds and Ron Beard contributed 20 and 19 points, respectively. Ryan Seldon was the second-leading rebounder with eight.
The Lions upped their season record to 7-14.
The first game of the evening wasn’t nearly as close.
Coach Jason Thompson’s Lady Lions downed the winless Lady Trojans 93-29.
“Everybody played and everybody contributed,” he said.
Byers, which improved its season mark to 17-5, led 50-9 at the half.
Keoasha Moore poured in a game-high 26 points, almost outscoring the entire Bruce team. Abria Gulledge added 21. Laniqua Collins followed with 14.
Byers vs. DeSoto Central
Class 2A H.W. Byers teams split at Class 6A DeSoto Central on Monday night, Feb. 3.
The Lady Lions fell behind 16-6 but rallied in strong fashion. They crushed the Lady Jaguars 58-39.
Byers outscored DeSoto Central 24-7 in the second quarter to take a 30-23 halftime advantage.
“Our offense showed up just in time,” Thompson said. “We hit five threes in the second quarter.”
The visiting team built its lead in the third and won by 19.
The hot shooting was accompanied by the Lady Lions’ patented pressure defense.
“Defense has been the thing we have hung our hats on over the years,” he said. “It’s the one intangible you can control in a game.”
Gulledge was the top gun with 23 points. Moore added 10.
“The kids kept plugging away, and we dug ourselves out of a hole (in the first quarter),” Thompson said.
It was the Lady Lions’ second win over the Lady Jaguars this season.
The H.W. Byers boys couldn’t recover from a disastrous first quarter. They fell behind 26-9 and lost to the big school Jaguars 99-77.
Top scorers for the Lions were Ron Beard with 16, Montavious Reynolds with 15 and Courtney Bean with 13. Bean also had nine rebounds.
Byers was four of six from the free-throw stripe. DeSoto Central was 24 of 35.
The Lady Lions and Lions visited Ashland Monday. They host Strayhorn Thursday and Ashland Friday to conclude the regular season.
Next week the District 2-2A Tournament will be played at Coahoma AHS. The Byers girls will be the two seed behind Coahoma County.
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