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Trojans sting Hornets; Dyersburg squads sweep South Gibson County

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Jay Howard takes a jump shot during the fourth quarter of Tuesday's contest. The Trojans were well in control of the game from the beginning on their way to a 58-34 victory over South Gibson County.
The Dyersburg basketball squads dulled the sting of the visiting South Gibson Hornets on Tuesday evening as both the girls and boys defeated their district rival to move up in the standings. In the early game, the Lady Trojans won a fast-paced affair 92-54 to improve to 5-4 on the season and 4-3 in district play. The Dyersburg girls were led by the two-headed monster of Myah Taylor and Chari Swift who turned in double-double performances on the evening to lead the Lady Trojans to their third straight district victory. Taylor led all scorers with 26 points and 10 rebounds and Swift added on 18 points and 10 rebounds.

"We ran the gauntlet early in the season," said head coach Randy Coffman. "Our younger players are growing. The bottom line is our girls are getting better."

The contest was an up-tempo affair with the Lady Hornets scoring the first seven points of the game. However, it didn't take the Lady Trojans long to come back as they went on an 8-2 run to take a 10-9 lead. The lead changed hands a couple of times, but then Dyersburg's Katrina Shaw made a layup off a nice steal that put the Lady Trojans ahead 14-13. The girls never trailed again.

The Lady Trojans ran into foul trouble early in the game but the Dyersburg squad received solid minutes from their bench, with Sydney Coffman contributing with four shots from downtown for her 12 points. Kenya Jordan and Christina Moore also came off the bench to contribute nine points apiece.

Some glaring statistics for the game include the Lady Trojans outrebounding the Lady Hornets 51-37. The Dyersburg squad also had more assists 23-9, more steals 23-11 and fewer turnovers 32-18 for the game.

The boys game was a slower affair as the Trojans had plenty of opportunities, especially early in the game, but the ball seemed unable to find its way into the basket. However, the Trojans cruised to another district win 58-34 led by Brice Williams, who turned in another outstanding performance with 27 points and 10 rebounds.

"Brice played everywhere tonight," said head coach Blaine Mahaffey. "He brought tremendous energy to the game and it was good to see after he has worked so hard."

The Trojans never trailed in this game as they took the opening tipoff and Deyvon Pierce hit a big three to start the game. Pierce finished the game with 11 points including three baskets from downtown. Every Trojan was given an opportunity to play and nine of 12 players entered the scoring column.

Dyersburg dominated defensively as it had 25 steals and forced 39 South Gibson turnovers. The victory marked the second consecutive district win for the Trojans who won their fifth game of the season and improved their district record to 3-4.

"I am so happy for the kids," said Mahaffey. "They have battled and have had to fight through a lot. They've worked and put themselves in this position."

Mahaffey says his team will practice the rest of the week, but then will enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation over the Christmas holidays before playing in the Dyersburg Christmas tournament next week.

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