Thursday, January 20, 2005

Potts Camp girls beat rival Byhalia, division foe Jags
• Cardinals drop two matchups

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

The Potts Camp Lady Cardinals upped their win streak to seven last week.

They defeated county rival Byhalia on Tuesday and division foe DeSoto Central on Friday, both on the home floor. The Potts Camp boys lost to the same two opponents.

The Lady Cardinals outscored Byhalia 21-11 in the fourth quarter to wrap up the 56-52 win, their first over the Lady Indians this year in three tries.

“We wanted to be within striking distance in the fourth quarter,” coach Kevin Harris said. “Byhalia is one of the toughest teams we’ve played. They’re a fine, fine team. It was a tremendous test for us.”

Latrece Walker led the winning team with 20 points. Kenyotta Jenkins and Arnetta Howell followed with 14 and 13, respectively.

Sade Daviston had a game-high 23 points for Byhalia, 11 of those in the first quarter. Santana McKinney scored 14.

“I’m proud of the girls,” Harris said. “They executed our game plan, which was to go inside early and often. The previous two times we played them they killed us early on fast breaks. We took that away this time. As the game went on, we got better defensively.”

The Potts Camp boys fought talented Byhalia tooth and nail before dropping a 69-56 decision.

The Cardinals trailed 25-15 after one period but cut the deficit to 38-35 at the half. The Indians tucked the win away by ourscoring Potts Camp 16-8 in the fourth.

“Byhalia is a great team with a great coach,” said Chris Ferrell, head coach of the Cardinals. “I was pleased with our inside game.”

Reggie Lesure poured in a game-high 22 points for Potts Camp. Stephen Simon was close behind with 16.

Powering the Indian offensive attack in the win were Adarryl Richmond with 17, Demarius Moore with 16 and Lavar Craine with 10.

Two seniors lifted the Lady Cardinals to an important 58-44 division win over the Lady Jaguars. Potts Camp improved to 4-0 in the division and 16-7 overall.

Howell and Taquita Evans, both in the last high school season, scored 19 and 14 points, respectively. Potts Camp dominated the second quarter, 19-4, and Howell and Evans combined for 16 of the 19 points.

“The two seniors picked us up,” Harris said.

Walker scored 18 points, 13 of her’s coming in the fourth period.

“Different people picked us up throughout the course of the game,” Harris said.

He was not pleased overall with his team’s shooting. He said the Lady Cardinals won by 14 but could have won by 34.

“It’s the first time in a long time we shot the ball poorly,” he said. “We missed a ton of shots inside.

“I felt we had control defensively from the get-go. Their scorers were having a hard time getting good looks at the basket.”

The Cardinals played short-handed in a 66-57 setback to DeSoto Central on Friday.

Simon scored eight points before going down early with a bad ankle sprain, and another starter missed the entire game for disciplinary reasons.

“We had two starters out, and the rest were in foul trouble, and we didn’t get good production from the bench,” coach Chris Ferrell said.

The Cardinals trailed 40-34 at the halftime recess.

Lesure led Potts Camp with a game-high 25 points. Luther Jones had 11.

“I’m pleased with the way Reggie (Lesure) and Stephen (Simon) have played lately,” Ferrell said. “I felt bad that we let the game slip away Friday night.

“I’m looking for some folks to step up. We will try to get better before division tournament time and then see what we can do.”

The Cardinals dropped to 8-14 overall and 1-3 in division play.

Potts Camp teams visited West Union Tuesday, and they go to Myrtle this Friday. Both are division contests.

On the girls’ side, both West Union and Myrtle were also unbeaten in division action entering this week.

“We control our own destiny as far as seeding for the tournament,” Harris said. “I hope our tough schedule has prepared us.”


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