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Ladyhounds Win Two at Western Holiday Classic

January 4, 2011
Paris High School

                      Seventh Grader Anovia Byars Scored A Career-High

During The First Game And Saved Paris In The Second Game


   LOUISVILLE - The Paris Ladyhounds traveled to Louisville over the holiday break and returned home with two victories in the Western Holiday Classic. Thanks to Morgan Crain, who was named to the All-Tournament Team and seventh grader Anovia Byars, Coach Andwele French's team drilled Louisville Valley in their first game 58-21 and then had to hold off a very scrappy team from Hancock County in their second game 39-35.


Paris 58, Lou. Valley 21

   In dominating fashion, the Paris Ladyhounds made quick work of the Lady Vikings by jumping out to an early 21-4 lead after the first quarter. Paris' big margin was jumped started by Anovia Byars, who came off the bench to score 13 points in the opening period, which included two three point goals. Senior Andree Hutsell came off the bench in the second period to score six points, while Byars ended her first half with a career-high 16.

   Coach French cleared his bench in the second half but his squad still managed to outscore their opponent 20-11 to pull out the 37 point victory. The Ladyhounds' biggest lead came at the 3:18 mark of the final quarter after a basket by Nautica Myers that made it 56-17.

   Behind Byars' 16 points, next came Morgan Crain, who finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals. Andree Hutsell also tossed in 10 points, while Asia Sims finished with 5 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals and 4 assists. Alexis Tye contributed 4 points and 7 steals, while other scoring came as follows: Kaliyah Marks had 5, Jazmen Chenault 4, two each from Myers and Tori Harris, who also had 7 offensive rebounds.


Paris 39, Hancock County 35

    With their senior leader Morgan Crain on the bench after fouling out, the Ladyhounds needed a spark and they needed it in a big way. After trailing for most of the game and at one time by as much as 13 points, Hancock County rallied back to take a 33-28 lead over a very stunned Ladyhounds team with less than four minutes left in the game.

   "We got the big lead and just relaxed," said Paris Coach Andwele French. "They had some kids that could shoot the ball but our pressure got to them in the first half but we just let up on them in the second half and they started making shots."

   With his team in a nasty funk, Coach French inserted seventh grader Anovia Byars into the lineup and Byars, who was just coming off a career-high in her previous game, went to work.

   Byars' driving lay-up made it 33-30. Seconds later, she banked in a three-point goal to tie the game at 33-33. A steal by Alexis Tye would then lead to an easy basket for Byars that gave her team a lead they would never relinquish again at 35-33. Free throws down the stretch by Tye and Asia Sims helped Paris hold on for the four point win.

   No Ladyhound hit double digits but they had a balanced scoring attack. Tye led Paris with 9 and 5 steals; Jazmen Chenault tossed in 8; Byars and Sims scored 7 points each; Morgan Crain had 6 and two points each came from Tori Harris and Kaliyah Marks.

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