Thursday, October 27, 2005
Potts Camp teams open 3-1, 2-2
By BARRY BURLESON
Potts Camp basketball teams welcomed the new season with four games in six nights.
The Lady Cardinals and Cardinals went to Ingomar to tip off the campaign and then played three games in the West Union Tournament.
“I”m happy,” said Kevin Harris, head coach of the Lady Cardinals. “To take a young team on the road and come out 3-1, that’s pretty good.”
Chris Ferrell, head coach of the Cardinals, was equally pleased with his team’s 2-2 start.
“Overall, it was a great week for our program,” Ferrell said. “We played together, controlled the tempo and defended well.”
The Potts Camp girls got a career-high 36 points, plus 17 rebounds, from senior Latrece Walker in a 60-55 victory over Ingomar Monday, Oct. 17.
“She played a fabulous game,” Harris said.
Eighth grader Kenyotta Jenkins added 12 points and sophomore Jasmine Harmon had six, including some big points in the fourth quarter.
The game was tied at 20 at the half.
The Lady Cardinals opened play in the West Union Tournament Thursday night and outscored East Union 21-10 in the fourth quarter on their way to a 55-40 win.
“It was an ugly game, but in the last five minutes, we kicked it in gear,” Harris said.
Three players hit for double digits – Walker with 18, Jenkins with 17 and Harmon with 16.
The Potts Camp girls then fell victim to the “two Fs” on Friday night, foul trouble and free throws, according to Harris. They lost 52-42 to an experienced Pine Grove team that returns all five starters from a year ago.
“In the fourth quarter, we went to the free throw line a good bit, missed a lot, and they came down and made baskets,” Harris said.
Pine Grove outscored the Lady Cardinals 23-10 in the final quarter.
Jenkins led the offense with 11 points, while Harmon and Walker added nine each. Stellana Taylor scored eight.
The Potts Camp girls bounced back Saturday night for a big 65-45 win over the tournament host, West Union.
Walker was the top gun for their third time in the first four games. She poured in 24 points. Jenkins followed with 18, and Harmon scored nine.
Potts Camp led 43-22 at halftime.
“We played well offensively,” Harris said.
“It’s a learning process for us right now. We’re sort of feeling our way right now, and we had some success in other people’s gyms. It was a good week for us. We just have to get better.”
The Potts Camp boys gave consistent 1A power Ingomar a run for its money before dropping the road contest, 57-43.
The Falcons pulled away in the final quarter, outscoring the Cardinals 21-6.
Jacobye Davis poured in 15 points for Potts Camp, and Eric Jackson had 10. Ferrell said Josh Martin had a “huge” steal and dunk near the end of the third quarter.
“We just made a couple of bad decisions against Ingomar that cost us,” Ferrell said.
The Cardinals nailed six of eight free throw tries in the fourth quarter to beat East Union 51-43 Thursday night.
“That sealed the deal,” Ferrell said.
Potts Camp led 24-20 at the half.
Davis led the offensive attack with 14 points. Luther Jones scored 12. Justin Smith and Davis had 10 rebounds each.
The following night the Cardinals knocked off Pine Grove in a low-scoring affair, 35-34.
The Cardinals rallied from a 24-14 halftime deficit.
Davis had 20 points, and Jones seven.
The Potts Camp boys wrapped up the tournament Saturday night with a 56-50 setback to the host school, West Union.
The game was nip-and-tuck throughout. West Union outscored Potts Camp 24-19 in the fourth.
“Our kids showed a lot of character,” Ferrell said.
Scoring in double figures were Jackson and Davis with 16 each and Jones with 13. Davis also grabbed 10 rebounds.
Ferrell said Russell Hubbard is “doing a good job” at point guard.
“In the four games, we held our opponents to an average of 47.5 points,” he said. “If we keep that up, we’re going to be successful.”
Potts Camp teams were scheduled to visit Ashland on Tuesday of this week. Thursday, Nov. 3, they travel to Hickory Flat.
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