Lady Indians fall to Byhalia in round one

By SCOTTY NICHOLS
Sports Editor

BYHALIA – In a battle of two tribes of Indians, the Byhalia version came away with a close

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM IAHS's Tori Mallory is fouled by a Byhalia defender during first-round playoff action.

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IAHS’s Tori Mallory is fouled by a Byhalia defender during first-round playoff action.

42-36 decision in round one of the class 4A state playoffs, thanks to a fourth-quarter surge.
IAHS led after every single quarter except the ever-important final one, in which they suffered enough self-inflicted wounds to bleed out.
The contest was a low-scoring defensive struggle, but Byhalia benefited from several ill-advised and unforced IAHS turnovers, as well as a few missed high-percentage shots.
The black-and-gold Lady Indians were poised to go on several runs in the first three quarters, on the heels of a nice offensive performance by senior guard Tori Mallory, but each time they would threaten, Byhalia would answer with their strong post game and an easy inside bucket.
Mallory, fellow senior Constance Dunn and sophomore Maddie Johnson shined on the defensive end, but their effort was matched on the other end by a gritty Byhalia squad that just wouldn’t go away.
Byhalia took their first lead, since early in the first quarter, less than a minute into the fourth quarter and maintained offensive consistency throughout the final eight minutes.
The Lady Indians’ deficit was just 3 points with less than 0:40 to play, but Byhalia knocked down four free throws down the stretch to stay in front and, eventually, come out with the win.
Mallory led the Lady Indians’ offensive charge with 24 points in her final game at IAHS.
The Lady Indians finish the 2015-2016 season with a 20-7 overall record.

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Graduate of THE University of Mississippi. #HottyToddy. I like sports. And BBQ.

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