By Adam Gore/GoreSports.net
MYRTLE – H.W. Byers connected on 3-of-6 from the line in the final 24 seconds to hold off a late rally from Myrtle to claim the Division 2-1A girls championship, 49-46 victory on Friday.
Sophomore Alexis Hardaway scored 17 of her game-high 20 points in the first half for the Lady Lions.
“Alexis keeps improving game-to-game,” said Byers coach Jason Thompson. “I think the sky the limit is for her. She is a great kid that really loves the game of basketball.”
Aspriana Gilbert paced the Lady Hawks with 18 and MeShay Cox added 15 points in the loss.
Byers connected on 10-of-20 from the line. Myrtle hit on 7 of 17 attempts, including 2-of-8 in the final frame.
In the boys championship game, Myrtle jumped out to a 21-9 lead early in the second quarter and held off a fourth quarter rally to win 55-48. Ingomar cut its deficit to 46-44 midway through the final quartr.
“We were fortunate and got a few breaks early,” said Myrtle head coach Johnathan Ashley. “I thought we played well defensively and worked hard on the defensive glass. This time of year you’ve got to bring it defensively or you’re going to be bad disappointed.”
David Wilson led Myrtle with 18 and Robert Montgomery had 14 points.
Matt Purvis had 16 and Steven Foster added 13 points for Ingomar.
(G) West Union 67, Potts Camp 56
– Kimberly Jumper scored a game-high 16 points to lead West Union in the girls consolation game.
Carley Wilkerson had 13 and Robyn Taylor added 12 for the Lady Eagles.
Tenesha Woods led the Lady Cardinals with 14. LeMonica Ingram scored 13 and Kenyotta Jenkins added 12.
(B) H.W. Byers 61, Potts Camp 55
– Jeremy Williams scored 26 points in the boys consolation game.
Johnathan Falkner scored 14 and Ladarrius Beard added 11 for the Cardinals.