2006-12-18 / Sports

Love, Palmer lead Indians past Byrnes, 89-48

By SCOTT POWELL Ledger Sports Writer spowell@gaffneyledger.com

RODNEY LOVE RODNEY LOVE BYRNES — Gaffney used constant defensive pressure and a hot shooting night to open their region schedule with a convincing 89-48 win over Byrnes.

The Gaffney High boys’ basketball team opened the game by hitting nine of their first 11 shots. The Indians used their familiar full court press defense under coach Mark Huff to put together led 12-0 and 18- 0 runs to build a 41-21 halftime lead.

Gaffney had five players score in double figures in winning their region opener against Byrnes and improve to 6-0 this season.

Jazz Palmer led the Indians with 21 points and Rodney Love had 16 points. Robert Butler and Johnny Woods added 12 points. Kobe Hollis had 11 points.

The balanced scoring attack along with steady defensive pressure gradually wore down Byrnes. Gaffney led 21-14 at the end of the first quarter but outscored Byrnes 20-7 in the second quarter.

There was no let up after halftime.

Gaffney continued to build its lead while substitutions kept fresh players in the lineup to keep the pressure on Byrnes (2-4, 0-1 region).

Byrnes was led by Jason Logan with 15 points. Xavier Dye added 12 points for the Rebels.

“Our defensive pressure took its toll on Byrnes. We were able to substitute 11 players in and out of the game without missing much,” Huff said. “Defensively, we played pretty good. It was a good all-around game.”

Gaffney is unbeaten this season after going 10-14 last year.

While there is still much basketball left to be played, Huff said he is pleased with how his basketball team has played so far.

“I wasn’t sure how long it was going to take our football players to get their basketball conditioning so they could play full court press. It’s happened a little quicker than I expected,” Huff said. “It’s nice to get off to a good start. I just hope it will continue.”

In girls’ basketball, Byrnes defeated Gaffney, 76-58.

Gaffney (0-5) played their first region game under new coach Matt Gibson.

Byrnes came out firing from long range and went on a 29-10 run in the opening half to take control of the game.

Brenna Watkins led the Lady Indians with 13 points.

The Gaffney basketball teams continue region play Wednesday against Dorman.

The boys basketball team hosts the Substation II tournament at Gaffney High School Thursday and Friday.

The Gaffney girls basketball team will play in the Lady Hilltoppers tournament on Dec. 26-28.

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