Anemic shooting plagued the Class 4A 17th-ranked Byng Lady Pirates Friday in consolation bracket play of the 2017 Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic.
Byng shot just 29.5 percent from the floor in dropping a 47-34 decision to the Class B sixth-ranked Hammon Lady Warriors on Wayne Cobb Court inside East Central University’s Kerr Activities Center.
Hammon hit at a 42 percent pace, led by 15 points apiece from Kenedie Walker and Halee Morris. Walker canned three of her team’s five 3-point shots and Meghan Morton had the other two in finishing with eight points.
The Lady Warriors also held the advantage in several other categories, holding a 31-27 upper-hand in the rebounding department and having three less turnovers, 14-11.
No Lady Pirate reached double figures in scoring as Abbey Wilson and Britney Brooks-Teel led the way with eight points each. Wilson was 3-of-7 from the floor with one trey to go with three rebounds, a pair of steals and one assist. Brooks-Teel went 3-of-6 from the field with four boards and a steal.
Byng connected on just two 3-point attempts on the night – one each from Wilson and Jordyn Eaton, who along with Kennedy Large, tallied seven points apiece.
Hammon led from start to finish, jumping out to early leads of 6-0 and 9-1, before settling for a 9-5 lead at the end of one quarter. The Lady Pirates did pull within 10-9 off a Brooks-Teel layup with 4:51 to go before halftime, but a 9-0 Lady Warrior run to end the half gave Hammon a 19-9 advantage at intermission.
A Morton trey and Walker layup along with two Halee Morris free throws and a layup led to the 10-point halftime cushion. The Lady Warriors had that lead despite shooting only 26 percent from the floor. Byng hit just 21 percent (only four field goals) in the opening 16 minutes.
Hammon kept the Lady Pirates at bay by converting 57.9 percent of its field-goal tries in the second half.
Morgan Miller didn’t figure much into the scoring column for the Lady Warriors (one point) However, she collected 10 rebounds, dished out five assists and collected four steals