Feb. 2—BYNG — Sophomore Lani Myers made two big offensive plays 20 seconds apart late in the fourth quarter that gave Byng some breathing room and catapulted the Lady Pirates to a 52-41 win over Lone Grove Tuesday night at the Bill Koller Field House.
The Lady Pirates have now won four of their past five games to improve to 12-8 on the year, while Lone Grove ranked No. 16 in Class 4A, left town at 10-7.
"This was a good win for us," said Byng head coach Luke Clark. "I was really proud of the way our kids defended tonight. Lone Grove makes you have to guard a lot of action and we did a good job of staying in good position."
In the boys' contest, the Pirates broke open a close game with a big second quarter and went on to bury Lone Grove 88-50. Byng, ranked No. 19 in Class 4A, improved to 13-7, while the Pirates dropped to 7-11. The Byng boys have now won six of their past seven contests.
The BHS squads are scheduled to host Plainview tonight and will travel to Tecumseh on Monday (girls' game at 6 p.m.) for a makeup game. Byng will host Marietta on Tuesday to continue a busy week.
Byng 52, Lone Grove 41
After the Lady Longhorns pulled within 40-34 midway through the fourth quarter, Myers went to work.
She buried a 3-pointer at the 3:47 mark that pushed the BHS lead to 43-34. Then, on Byng's next trip down the court, Myers drove to the basket, hit a layup in traffic, was fouled, and completed an old-fashioned three-point play that put the home team on top 46-34 with 3:27 remaining. Myers ended up leading the Byng offense with 18 points and sank three 3-pointers.
The Lady Pirates kept Lone Grove at bay the rest of the way.
Byng held a slim 8-5 lead after the first quarter and carried a 20-15 lead into the break. The Lady Pirates led 32-25 heading into the fourth quarter before Lone Grove made things interesting midway through that final frame.
Alona Cooper scored 14 points for the Lady Pirates. Torri Gustin was next with seven points. Lorren Shaw hit the team's only other 3-point basket.
Emerie Adams made five 3-pointers on her way to a team-best 18 points for the Lady Longhorns. Sadie Hockersmith also hit double figures for Lone Grove with 12 points. Madison Torres made one 3-pointer for the visitors.
Byng 88, Lone Grove 50
The Pirates led just 17-14 after the first quarter but outscored Lone Grove by a 23-8 margin in the second period to build a 40-22 halftime lead. Byng erupted for 30 points in the third quarter and the lead grew to 70-34.
"We did a very good job defending tonight. We forced a lot of turnovers, rebounded the ball well, and pushed in transition," said Byng head coach Jared Gambrel. "We did a great job at sharing the ball and moving it offensively which allowed us to pressure the rim and play inside out. I'm very proud of how hard our boys fought tonight."
Malachi Schilreff led the BHS attack with 26 points and hit three 3-pointers. Camby Poorbuffalo knocked down four trifectas and finished with 14 points. Gary Raney sank a pair of triples and scored 12 points and Mark Birdshead made a trio of 3-point shots and also reached double figures with 11 points in the balanced Byng offense.
The Pirates finished with a total of 13 3-point baskets.
Bo Boatwright and Jace Birdshead both scored eight points for the home team.
Bliss Newton paced Lone Grove with 11 points. Brody Harris and Gage Armstrong scored eight points apiece for the Longhorns.