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Dyersburg splits season opener with Bradford

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Dyersburg's Myah Taylor drained six 3-pointers and had a game-high 29 points during the win over Bradford.
Hosting Bradford on Friday night in its 2012-13 home opener, the respective Trojan and Lady Trojan squads began the season on opposite ends of the spectrum.

The Lady Trojans opened the season looking sharp in several areas during the contest before securing a 78-58 victory over the visitors. In the nightcap, the Trojan boys played hard throughout the contest before coming up short at the end, 75-66.

In the opener for the Lady Trojans, a 29-point performance from sophomore Myah Taylor that included six 3-pointers was more than the Lady Red Devils could deal with. Dyersburg head coach Randy Coffman was pleased with Taylor's performance on both ends of the floor, but saw plenty of things he said must improve.

Dyersburg's Deyvon Pierce finished with 9 points in the Trojan loss to Bradford on Friday.
"Myah shot the ball really well tonight and the thing with her is that I think she is only going to get better," said Coffman. "The most impressive thing was that she didn't take trips off on the defensive end of the floor. I can't say that for our entire team."

Coffman's displeasure came from seeing too many missed opportunities on both ends of the court. Though it was the first game of the season, the head coach knows his squad can play better.

"I didn't think we guarded the basketball very well, I didn't think we contained the ball very well and we didn't rebound the ball well enough to get out and do the things we're trying to do," he added. "Anytime you shoot the ball the way we did tonight it makes everything else look better, and we did shoot the ball really well."

Dyersburg jumped out to a 6-0 lead to open the contest before Bradford roared back to knot the game at 6-6.

A drive by Christina Moore and back-to-back 3-pointers from senior Sydney Coffman lifted the Lady Trojans back in front 14-6. Dyersburg led 17-9 at the end of the quarter.

In the second period, a converted 3-point play from Kimbrielle Tate stretched the lead to double digits early in the quarter. The two squads traded baskets for the remainder of the half, one that the Lady Trojans held a 36-24 advantage in at the half.

The Lady Trojans never looked back in the second half, easily earning their first win of the season.

Taylor's 29 points led three Lady Trojans in double figures. Also with double-digit performances for Dyersburg were Emily Bennett with 11 that included two 3-pointers, and Chari Swift chipped in with 10. Coffman just missed joining the threesome, finishing the contest with nine points, all of which were 3-pointers.

In the boys contest, the Trojans played well at times and not so well at others. The Trojans and Red Devils went back and forth in the opening quarter. At the end of the period, Dyersburg found itself trailing 19-16.

In the second period, the Trojans took the lead on a 3-pointer from Deyvon Pierce early in the quarter, but a lapse in defense allowed the Red Devils some easy looks at the basket. The result was a 37-36 Dyersburg deficit at the half.

In the second half, the Trojans came out focused and held a 48-41 lead with three minutes left in the quarter. The Red Devils answered with a 9-0 run to end the quarter, taking a 50-48 lead with one quarter to play.

Though the Trojans stayed within striking distance, they never got any closer than 67-64 as Bradford hung on to earn the split.

"I thought our kids played hard and I was proud of them for that," said head coach Blaine Mahaffey. "We're going to continue to work hard at practice and in games. I've said all along that our best basketball will be after Christmas and I still feel that way."

Seniors Kevin Shaw and Brice Williams led Dyersburg with 13 points apiece. Jay Howard also finished in double figures with 12, while Deyvon Pierce just missed and finished with nine points.

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