Thursday, January 27, 2005

Potts Camp teams split division games

The Potts Camp Cardinals and Lady Cardinals had different outcomes in two division road trips last week.

The boys won at West Union on Tuesday, while the girls lost. Then the boys lost at Myrtle with the girls winning. It was their final two division contests of the season.

Reggie Lesure lit up the scoreboard with a game-high 24 points as the Cardinals knocked off West Union 67-58.

“I was really pleased with our effort,” said head coach Chris Ferrell. “We played an up-tempo game, with a lot of players contributing.”

Trey Dillard added 11 points for Potts Camp, which built an overwhelming 32-8 halftime lead.

Free throws proved to be the difference in the girls’ matchup between Potts Camp and West Union – a game which the Lady Cardinals lost 49-41.

West Union shot 30 free throws and hit 18. Potts Camp shot 10 free throws and hit eight.

The Lady Cardinals fell behind 11-3 after one period and actually outscored the home team by one point in every quarter after that.

“We dug ourselves a hole early,” said head coach Kevin Harris. “We had some blown assignments in the press.

“Plus we missed all manner of shots in the paint, including five within three feet of the goal. At the other end, they got good shots and made a few buckets.”

Leading the Potts Camp offensive effort in the contest were Arnetta Howell with 14 points, Kenyotta Jenkins with 12 and Latrece Walker with nine.

“Give West Union credit,” Harris said. “They did a good job of keeping us off the offensive glass. We didn’t get much of anything there.

“I’m proud of the way we played defensively. West Union (18-5) had only 15 field goals the entire game.”

The Potts Camp boys never really got on track Friday night at Myrtle. They trailed 35-23 at the half before losing 72-49.

“Reggie (Lesure) got in foul trouble early, and that made it tough to get anything going,” Ferrell said.

Starter Stephen Simon also missed both games last week due to an ankle injury.

“They (Myrtle) jumped all over us (21-10 after one quarter) and whipped us,” Ferrell said. “They shot the ball well.”

Jacobye Davis was Potts Camp’s top scorer with 14 points.

The Cardinals dropped to 9-15 overall and 2-4 in division play.

Ferrell said Simon should be back in the lineup soon, plus some disciplinary issues involving other players should be behind the team.

“By the Division Tournament (February 14-18), hopefully everyone will be on the same page and ready to go,” Ferrell said.

The Potts Camp girls were clicking on all cylinders in a 72-48 rout of Myrtle.

The Lady Cardinals scored 32 field goals, 27 of those coming on assists.

“I can’t say enough about our offensive execution,” Harris said. “We were moving the ball well.”

Potts Camp shot only six free throws and made none.

“It was very strange game,” Harris said. “I’ve never coached a game in which we shot this few free throws.”

Howell was the top producer on offense with 20 points. She was followed by Walker with 18, Taquita Evans with 15 and Kayla Reed with eight.

The Lady Cardinals were on top 42-24 at the halftime recess.

“We dominated the boards,” Harris said, “and I was proud of our defensive effort. Myrtle didn’t get anything easy. They are powered by their three guards, and we made a conscious decision to shut down two out of the three, and we did.”

Harris said giving his players Wednesday off helped. Several had been battling sickness.

“We looked crisp Thursday in practice, and it carried over to the game Friday,” he said.

The Lady Cardinals improved to 17-8 overall and 5-1 in the division, assuring themselves of a no-worse-than-second seeding for the division tournament in February.

Potts Camp teams were scheduled to host Blue Mountain Tuesday. They then visit Hickory Flat on Friday before hosting county rival Holly Springs next Tuesday, Feb. 1.

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