Dakota Tierney is closely defended by Hayfield's Jessica Foster
By David Richards
After a pair of wins against conference opponents and after the return of three players who were out for injuries, the Byron boys basketball team is 11-3 overall, healthy and sitting undefeated as of press time in the Hiawatha Valley Gold division.
"Everybody's going to be looking at us, most definitely," said head coach Kerry Linbo.
The Bears knocked off two solid teams early last week, defeating Lourdes in Byron 52-41 Jan. 10 and scoring a 59-39 win at Hayfield Jan. 14.
Against the Eagles, Byron trailed early, 19-4, and rallied from there, forcing turnovers and picking up its offense.
Buster Meyer led the Bears with a team-high 28 points and scored 22 in the second half alone.
"He put the team on his back and kind of said, 'follow me,' " Linbo said.
"That was as fine a performance as I've seen in a long time."
Against the Vikings,
Meyer led Byron in scoring once again with 14, and the Bears defeated a Hayfield team that started the season 10-1.
"It was by far our best offensive performance," Linbo said, of his deep squad.
Kip Knutson finished with 12 points, Joe Smith and Tyler Coble each had 10, while Lance Mortland added 8.
Byron is now healthy, as Smith, Jonny Mracek and Michael Karl are all back in the lineup after battling injuries.
"We're working hard to get the rotation we need to put a push on in the second half," Linbo said.