Thursday, December 22, 2005

Potts Camp drops two at DeSoto, looks toward post-holiday schedule

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

Potts Camp basketball teams go to the holiday break at 9-7 and 8-8 overall, and coaches Chris Ferrell and Kevin Harris are happy with the progress and eagerly await the season’s second half.

“I’m real pleased with the team’s effort at this point,” Ferrell said. “Our record could easily be better, but it could be worse, too. We’ve had some close games.

“We’re looking forward to the second half. We feel we’ve got some good things left to do.”

The Cardinals finished the first half of the 2005-06 campaign with a one-point setback Friday night at 4A DeSoto Central.

The Jaguars hit a three-point shot in the closing seconds for the win.

“We had a turnover with a three-point lead, and then they got the three,” Ferrell said. “We still got a real good look at the end (from Luther Jones), and the shot almost went in.”

Potts Camp trailed by 10 at the half but rallied to lead by six late in the contest.

“We couldn’t connect from the free-throw line, and we’ve shot free throws well all year. It was a tough loss.”

Cobye Davis was the top point producer for Potts Camp.

The Cardinals (1-0 in division play) return to action January 3 at West Union. Then comes a trip to rival H.W. Byers on January 6.

“That will be a huge division game at Byers,” Ferrell said. “I feel like our division in boys is wide open. We have a tough second half ahead. It will be a race to the end.”

On the girls’ side, Coach Harris, too, believes his team’s best basketball is ahead in the second half of the season.

“On one hand, we’re exactly where my head told me we’d be (at this point of the season), but my heart tells me we’ve let two or three slip away.

“I don’t think we’ve seen our best days. I’m excited about where we’re headed.”

Harris expects to have injured point guard Stellana Taylor back full speed after the break.

“She’s an extremely important part of what we do, and not having her has hurt us,” he said. “But as a by-product, it has forced some younger kids to step up.”

The Lady Cardinals dropped a 63-51 decision Friday night at DeSoto Central.

“It was a hard-fought game,” Harris said. “We played hard, but not always smart. We had our chances to win.”

The Lady Cardinals had a one-point lead going into the fourth quarter and scored the first two buckets of the period.

“It was downhill from there,” Harris said.

Potts Camp was whistled for nine fouls in the fourth, including one technical, plus three intentional fouls in the last 40 seconds. DeSoto Central was whistled for no fouls in the final quarter and outscored the visitors 23-10.

Kenyotta Jenkins topped the Lady Cardinals’ scoring attack with 24 points. Latrece Walker had 15, and Jasmine Harmon eight.

Potts Camp had one of its best efforts of the year from the free-throw line, going 13 of 17.

The Lady Cardinals (0-1 in the division) now await the all-important second half of the season.

“We have a difficult road ahead with some extremely difficult games, but I believe they will be games that will get us ready for tournament time,” Harris said.


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