BYNG — Folks at Byng call her Smurf because of her stature.

But when her team needed a shot in the arm Monday night against Seminole in Class 4A District Tournament action inside the Bill Koller Fieldhouse, Byng senior Kelsey Williamson was huge.

The BHS guard sank a pivotal 3-pointer and followed it with a pair of free throws to cap a 7-0 Byng run to give the Lady Pirates the lead for good in a hard-fought 53-48 come-from-behind victory over the Lady Chieftains.

The district title win improved coach Joe Neely’s team to 10-15 on the year while Seminole slipped into the loser’s bracket at 7-14. Byng had lost a regular season road game to Seminole 49-39 back on Jan. 31.

“I’m really proud of how far this team has come. It was a big win,” Neely said. “We’ve steadily improved over the last two or three weeks.”

The same can’t be said about the Byng boys team, which had another horrid shooting night in a 58-41 setback to Seminole.

The Pirates — losers of six straight contests — fell to 13-12 while Seminole advances through the winner’s bracket at 14-9.

The Byng girls will meet No. 8 Anadarko (18-6) Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Class 4A Regional Tournament in Tuttle. The Pirates also play Anadarko in a 3 p.m. loser-out contest. The Anadarko boys (13-10) were ranked No. 17 before losing to host Tuttle in another 4A district battle.


Byng 53, Seminole 48

After Seminole took the lead midway through the third quarter of the nip-and-tuck affair, the Lady Chieftains would stay in front for just over eight minutes.

Byng would make its key surge beginning with a fast break basket by Whitney Harris with 4:30 to play. After a time out and a Seminole turnover, Williamson knocked down her 3-pointer to put Byng on top for good at 41-39. Harris then made a steal and Williamson was knocked to the floor by Seminole’s LaRanda Johnson. After shaking off the hard fall, Williamson sank two free throws to put the hosts on top by four with 3:46 left.

“Smurf’s been shooting the ball really good. That was a big bucket,” Neely said.

Stacie Bell’s steal and layup with 2:22 left pushed the Byng lead to 46-41 and the Lady Pirates would hit just enough free shots to hold off the Lady Chieftains. Byng went just 10-of-20 from the line in the final period and hit 18-of-30 for the game compared to a 9-of-13 showing by Seminole.

“They just need to relax and loosen up and just shoot them,” Neely said of Byng’s free throw follies. “We’re a better free-throw shooting team than that. I could have breathed a little easier if we had made more. But we haven’t done many things easy all year. It seems like we live on the edge quite a bit.”

Byng broke a 10-10 tie by scoring six straight points. Whitney Harris scored on a layup, Cila Dunnigan hit a pair of free throws an Brooke Harris sank her only field goal of the game to put BHS in front 16-10.

Two Harris free throws at the 1:19 mark of the second frame gave Byng its largest lead of the game at 23-15 before Seminole trimmed its deficit to four by intermission.

Whitney Harris led Byng with a super all-around game that featured 18 points, five rebounds and four steals. She also hit 4-of-6 free throws.

“Whitney has another big game. She quietly gets her points. She fights and battles. She’s going to get us 10 to 12 points every night, and tonight she had 18 and we needed every one of them,” Neely said.

Dunnigan also had a solid all-round game for Byng with 11 points, six rebounds and three steals while Williamson ended with 10 points and four boards.

“Cila Dunnigan played good. She guarded their best player and didn’t get much rest and scored some big baskets for us too,” Neely said.

Stacie Bell scored seven points and handed out six assists.

Seminole got 14 points from Stacy Myers and 13 points and 11 rebounds from post player Raquel Banjo.

“It’s nice to be district champions. Now we just want to go as far as we can go,” Neely said.


Seminole 58, Byng 41

A quick glance at the final statistics tells the tale for Byng.

The Pirates shot a miserable 15-of-54 (27.8%) from the field and 8-of-33 (24.2%) from 3-point territory. Seminole, on the other hand, went 23-of-34 (67.7%) from the field. The Chieftains also owned a huge 38-23 rebounding edge.

“It’s hard to win when you shoot as bad as we did and they shoot like they did,” BHS head coach Tommy Eaton said.

Things didn’t go Byng’s way right from the start as Seminole hit eight of its first 11 field goals but the Pirates were still within striking distance, trailing just 21-15.

Byng trailed just 23-19 at the half thanks in part to not committing a single turnover in the first 16 minutes.

Another key first-half fact: Byng center Caleb Timmons didn’t touch the ball the entire time on offense.

Things began to get worse for the Pirates in the third quarter as Seminole scored the first eight points of the second half to watch its lead balloon to 31-19.

“We just didn’t match their intensity,” Eaton said.

The Pirates trailed by 12, 39-27 with 6:31 to play before some shots finally started falling for the locals.

Heath Wall started a 12-4 Byng volley with a 3-pointer, Preston Petty hit his only two of the game and Jordan Parnacher added one with 4:41 to play that got Byng to within 43-39.

But the Pirates would be outscored 15-2 the rest of the way including a 10-0 Seminole surge in the game’s final two minutes.

Parnacher would lead the Byng offense with 11 points while Wall and Petty — who missed his first eight 3-point tries — both managed 10 apiece.

Glenn Mitchell came off the bench and grabbed a team-high six rebounds for Byng.

Seminole got 19 points from standout Wes May (on 8-of-11 shooting) while Kelby Moore was right on his heels with 18 (on 9-of-11 shooting).

Ryne Hoey added eight points and eight rebounds.

Seminole is coached by former McLish mentor Gary McNutt.

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