Byers’ standout Hardaway sidelined until January

By Gene Phelps | NEMS Daily Journal

H.W. Byers High School all-state guard Alexis Hardaway suffered a sprained ankle – and not a knee injury, as first thought – during Monday’s game against Coahoma County.
Hardaway, who tore a knee ligament (ACL) as a sophomore, was injured on a hard foul while attempting a layup in the third quarter of the Lady Lions’ 72-43 win.
The 5-foot-10 senior had to be carried off the court.
The Coahoma County player was called for an intentional foul.
“Alexis suffered a sprained ankle, but her knee is OK,” H.W. Byers coach Jason Thompson said. “The doctor says she could be out two to three weeks.
“She’s already in full rehab. She refuses to sit out very long.”
Thompson hopes to have the Austin Peay State signee back for the Lions’ Jan. 7 home game against Jackson (Tenn.) Northside.
LOADED TWO-DAY EVENT
H.W. Byers (9-3), the Daily Journal’s top-ranked team, will have to play two tough games today and Friday against Memphis White Station and Memphis Central without Hardaway. The games are part of the Lady Lions’ Magic City Showdown.
The 17-game, two-day tournament tips off at 9 a.m. today in Mt. Pleasant with North Panola playing Hamilton, Tenn. The lineup includes Mississippi’s No. 2-ranked Horn Lake, three Memphis powers – Memphis Home School, Whitehaven and Central – Forest Park, Ga., and Marion (Ill.) Catholic.
“We’ve matched up teams according to personnel, which should make for some competitive games,” Thompson said. “We expect 40 to 50 college scouts to be here. This is all about getting these kids some exposure.
“I think we’ll have some of the best female basketball talent at one spot this state has ever seen.”
Admission to the tournament is $8 per day.
MORE TOURNEY PLAY
A full schedule of holiday tournaments is on tap next week with play at Alcorn Central, Baldwyn, Booneville, New Albany, Oxford and Pontotoc.
Check the Journal’s scoreboard page today for all the tourney schedules.
gene.phelps@journalinc.com