Byhalia takes two at Rosa Fort
One was decided on a lastsecond shot. The other was not nearly that close. Both were Byhalia wins.
The Lady Indians and Indians hit the road Tuesday night, Nov. 27, and swept Rosa Fort in Tunica.
“It’s always good to get two wins,” said Derwin Cooper, head coach of both the girls and the boys. “It makes the next day at school a whole lot better.”
Darianna Wilson’s threepoint play with five seconds left lifted the Lady Indians to a 53-52 victory over the Lady Lions.
Down by two, she hit a bucket inside the lane, was fouled and then calmly sank the free throw for the win.
“The girls came out and played well from beginning to end,” Cooper said.
Byhalia was up 26-21 at halftime. Rosa Fort cut its deficit to one at the end of the third and actually went up by a few points in the fourth.
“We showed tremendous fight and pulled it out,” he said.
“We played solid defense throughout, pressing the entire game.”
Jasmine Malone was the top gun with 16 points. Aryian Hodges had 14 and Wilson 11.
The second game of the night was all Indians as they blistered the Lions 65-40.
“We jumped on them quick (21-9 after the first quarter),” Cooper said. “We played outstanding defense, rebounded well and shot free throws well.
“We also communicated well on the floor and shot high percentage shots.”
Byhalia led 37-25 at halftime and 44-30 at the end of the third.
Hitting in double digits were Raymond Tuggles and Denzel Guy with 14 each and Kevontae Tunstall and Antwon Porter with 13 each.
“We played really well – like a well-oiled machine,” Cooper said.
The Lady Indians (3-4) and the Indians (4-3) hosted New Albany this past Tuesday night to start Region 1-4A play. They will host Senatobia Friday in district action.