A lot has changed for the Eagles in only a week. West Union went on the road to H.W. Byers five days ago and were dealt a 41-point division loss. Led by a 26-point game by Austin Harkness, the Eagles almost pulled off the upset in the rematch against the Lions before falling 81-72 Tuesday night.
An early triple by the junior gave the Eagles a 7-4 lead, and West Union would go ahead by seven off a 7-0 run in the frame. Byers responded with a 10-0 run, and free throws by Martarious Rayford at the end of the quarter gave the Lions a 18-16 lead.
Cordarious Stone hit two three-pointers in the second, as Byers went ahead by as many as eight, but free throws kept the Eagles close, as they were 9-for-14 in the frame.
Mitchell Wilson scored 10 of his 16 points in the third quarter, helping Byers stay in the lead despite three ties and five lead changes. The Eagles stayed within 10 points until the fourth quarter when Byers broke into a double-digit lead, going ahead by as many as 11.
AJ Mahon and Shontez Hearn scored 14 points each for Byers, while Chris Stone added 10, including two three-pointers.
Harkness scored 13 points in each half, finishing with 26 to lead all scorers, while Zak Jumper finished with 14, Kyle Taylor 13 and Jimmy Russell 11 points for West Union.
Byers 73 West Union 22 (girls)
Kyra Gulledge scored 22 points in the Lady Lions’ win at West Union.
Byers had a slow start, ahead 15-4 after the first quarter and only making 3-of-9 freethrows before Gulledge scored 12 of her 20 first half points in the second quarter.
Kourtney Coleman scored 15 points and Alexis Hardaway added 11 points off the bench for Byers.
Leah Paige Goolsby and Danielle Taylor each had five points for the Lady Eagles.