Thursday, November 3, 2005

Cardinals get big win over Devils


The Potts Camp Cardinals picked up what coach Chris Ferrell called a “signature win” last week at Ashland.

They rallied in the fourth quarter for a 65-61 victory over the Blue Devils and upped their early season record to 3-2.

“Any time you go to Ashland and get a win against that team and coach Jessie Terry, it’s big for your program,” Ferrell said. “Coach Terry is a great coach.

“Needless to say, our folks were happy, and I was happy for our kids.”

Potts Camp outscored Ashland 25-14 in the final period. The Cardinals nailed 14 of 17 from the line in the quarter, including seven of eight in the last minute. Hitting key free throws were Russell Hubbard, Eric Jackson and Jacobye Davis.

“That has hurt us in big games in the past – not shooting free throws well,” Ferrell said.

Potts Camp trailed 28-26 at halftime and 47-40 after three periods.

“We kept hanging around, and in the fourth quarter, we jumped in a little press and created some turnovers,” Ferrell said. “We got our first lead at the minute and a half mark (of the fourth).”

Davis poured in 35 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the big win. Luther Jones had 11 points and six rebounds. Jackson had 10 points and five assists.

For Ashland, Calvin Hampton scored 14, Corderro Ayers 13 and Fred Moore 12.

“It was a total team effort,” Ferrell said. “I was pleased with how smart we played.”

Ferrell also complimented the play of Justin Smith and point guard Russell Hubbard.

The Lady Cardinals “had very few bright spots” in their game at Ashland, according to coach Kevin Harris.

Potts Camp fell 67-46 and saw its record go to 3-2 on the year.

One problem was foul trouble. Latrece Walker and Kenyotta Jenkins, the team’s top scorers, fouled out before the end of the third quarter.

Jasmine Harmon stepped up and led Potts Camp in scoring with 17 points. Jenkins scored 11.

Four players scored in double digits for Ashland – Labrita Hampton with 14, Vekela Crawford with 13, Sharon Traylor with 11 and Martamara Richard with 10.

“Ashland is a very good team,” Harris said. “They’re very difficult to defend.

“I was disappointed in the way we defended. We gave their post players too much room to operate.”

The two schools will be in the same division this year – Region 1-2A – but the games last week did not count in the division race.

Potts Camp teams travel to rival Hickory Flat Thursday. They will play in the New Site Tournament next week, November 7-11.

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