Williams Lady Eagles and Eagles Sweep Lyon
Williams Baptist College basketball fans showed up in blue Tuesday night, and they left tickled pink. Fans took part in a “blue out,” sporting WBC’s school colors, and the Williams women’s and men’s teams responded with a sweep of Lyon College.
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The Lady Eagles fought hard to come back from a halftime deficit to defeat Lyon 62-57. The Williams women’s record now stands at five wins and three losses.
Lyon started strong, holding WBC to 32 percent field goal shooting in the first half. However, Williams regrouped at halftime and shot 50 percent in the second period. This allowed WBC to outscore the Scots by 13 points in the second period on its way to the come-from-behind victory.
Kala Tyus led the Lady Eagles in scoring with 23 points. Tyus also contributed nine rebounds and one assist. Olivia Morris and Jessica Shepard also had a big night for Williams. Morris scored ten points, and she had eight rebounds and one assist. Shepard contributed nine points, three rebounds and five assists.
Next, the Lady Eagles will host Blue Mountain College on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m.
The Eagles followed the Lady Eagles win with an impressive display of their own. WBC beat the Scots 95-70. The win improves the Eagles record to three wins and four losses.
Williams suffocated Lyon with its defense from the start, forcing 15 turnovers in each half. The Eagles also held Lyon to 33 percent shooting percentage from the field.
Five players reached double figures for the Eagles. Kyle Harvey scored 19, Zabian Sanders 15, Chase Norwood 12, Jake Veasley 11, and Wes Livingston ten. Phillip Sykes added nine points and five assists.
“It feels good to beat Lyon. They beat us at their place, and we did not want to disappoint our home crowd,” Harvey stated. “We are getting better every day and hope to provide more wins for this program.”
Coach Josh Austin said, “When we have six guys close or in double figures we are in the best position to win ball games. It demonstrates we are an unselfish ball team.” He added, “We are close to where we want to be, but not there yet.”
Later this week, Williams will host Bethel Thursday at 7 p.m. and then Blue Mountain College Saturday at 4 p.m.