Class 4A Girls Recap: Lawrence County 38, Byhalia 34

Lawrence County Kyunna Thomas. Photo by Keith Warren/MHSAA.

There is the old cliche defense wins championships.

That was the case for Lawrence County.

Behind a stingy second half defense and the play of Camryn Davis the Lady Cougars edged past Byhalia 38-34 to claim the MHSAA Girls Class 4A state championship at the Mississippi Coliseum on Thursday night.

It is Lawrence County’s first state title in school history.

“We came out on our heels for a bit even though we were down just two. It kind of shocked us and we were missing shots and assignments so we made adjustments defensively,” said Lawrence County coach Vicki Rutland. “We had to be patient on offense and just had to get to the rim.”

Lawrence County held Byhalia to just 11 points and 23 percent shooting in the second half (4-of-17).

“We won this thing with man to man defense,” Rutland said. “That’s what we are build around and that’s what we do. We played like a deer in headlights, but we settled down and played like we suppose to.”

Camryn Davis had a game-high 15 points, grabbed six rebounds and had four steals to lead Lawrence County and was named the games Most Valuable Player.

“We started out slow and just had to pick up the momentum. Once we did that we played our game,” Davis said. “We picked it up in the second half defensively and got the job done. I get to out as a senior winning a state title, so I’m happy.”

Kyunna Thomas added 12 points for the Lady Cougars (32-3).

“With us is all about chemistry. Camryn is a solid leader for this team. As she goes this team goes,” Rutland said. “This is wonderful to bring a state title back to Lawrence County.”

Shaquira Caradine, Darianna Wilson and Leekadra Smith had eight points each to lead Byhalia (25-6).