Jan. 30—BYNG — The Dickson Lady Comets stayed close for over three quarters before Byng finally pulled away late for a 60-49 win Friday night inside the Bill Koller Fieldhouse.
The Lady Pirates improved to 11-8 on the year, while Dickson left town at 6-12.
"I thought we moved the ball really well on offense and just missed a lot of opportunities to score even more than we did," said Byng girls coach Luke Clark. "Our defense improved, but it's just hard to continue to battle on defense when the ball isn't going through the net. We'll focus on that next week in preparation for our tough slate ahead."
In the boys' contest, the Byng Pirates demolished Dickson 82-44. The Pirates have now won five of their past six games to move to 12-7 on the season. The Comets dropped to 7-11.
"I was very proud of how hard our boys played tonight. They did a great job at pushing the tempo," said first-year Byng head coach Jared Gambrel. "I challenged them to pick it up defensively in the second quarter and they did just that. They stepped up to the challenge and locked in. I couldn't be any prouder of our team."
Both Byng squads host Lone Grove tonight and invite Plainview to town on Friday.
Byng 60, Dickson 49
With 1:56 Alexis Stogner banked a shot off the glass to get the Lady Comets within 48-44 and at that point it was anybody's game.
However, Byng finally took control and finished the contest on a 12-5 run.
Senior Alona Cooper scored eight points during that run and also assisted on a basket by teammate Lorren Shaw. Cooper finished with a team-best 15 points.
The game was tied at 8-8 after the first quarter and the visitors carried a 22-18 lead into the locker rooms at halftime. Byng came out firing on all cylinders in the third quarter and used a 20-8 surge to grab a 38-30 advantage.
Blakely Miller also reached double figures for the Lady Pirates with 14 points and Lani Myers followed with eight points. Cooper and Meyers hit the only BHS 3-pointers in the contest.
Stogner poured in a game-best 22 points for the Lady Comets. Cayman Pittman also hit double figures for the visitors with 17 points.
Byng 82, Dickson 44
The Pirates jumped out to a 29-17 lead after the first quarter and then followed their coach's advice by turning up the defensive intensity in the second period. Byng limited Dicskon to only two points in the second quarter on the way to building a 42-19 halftime lead.
The Pirates continued to pad their lead throughout the second half.
Malachi Schilreff led all scorers with 26 points for the Byng team. Gary Raney also reached double figures with 13 points.
Jace Birdshead followed with nine points and Tyler Raney contributed seven points for the hosts. Camby Poorbuffalo sank a pair of 3-pointers for his six points. Tyler Raney also made two 3-point baskets.
Trey Summers led the Dickson offense with 18 points, including a pair of triples. Rowdy Thomas also hit double figures with 10 for the visitors.