Thursday, November 10, 2005

Potts Camp sweeps Hickory Flat

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

The Potts Camp basketball teams drove a few miles east on Highway 78 Thursday night and returned home with a pair of wins over rival Hickory Flat.

Luther Jones poured in 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked three shots as the Cardinals won 44-38.

Ninth grader Kenyotta Jenkins scored a career-high 29 points as the Lady Cardinals won 77-47.

Both teams improved to 4-2 on the young season.

Coach Chris Ferrell said Jones “stepped up and had a big game” for his Cardinals, but he called the victory a “total team effort.” Jones was four of six from beyond the three-point line.

“Offensively, we sputtered, but defensively, we were very good,” Ferrell said. “To hold a team like Hickory Flat to 38 points, you feel like you’ve done something special.”

Eric Jackson and Justin Smith added seven points each for the Cardinals.

Leading Hickory Flat, which dropped to 2-2, was Ladarryl Jones with 12 points.

“I know we will have some tough times ahead,” Ferrell said, “but where we are now is good for our program. The kids are playing hard. I’m pleased.”

The Lady Cardinals scored 58 of their 77 points in the second and third quarters as they rolled to 30-point win.

“We were rusty early (after a nine-day layoff), but once we shook the rust off, we looked really good offensively at times,” said coach Kevin Harris.

Others in double digits for Potts Camp were Latrece Walker with 17 points and Jasmine Harmon with 10.

Stellana Taylor dished out 10 assists.

“I was extremely pleased with how we played defense,” Harris said. “We played very well for three quarters.

“I was pleased with all the players who came in and how they executed their roles.”

Beth Allen had 10 points for the Hickory Flat girls, who fell to 0-4 on the season.

Potts Camp teams play in the New Site Tournament this week. The Lady Cardinals play the Belmont-Mooreville winner Thursday at 7 p.m. The Cardinals face the Belmont-North Pontotoc winner Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

With wins, they will advance to the championship games – Saturday at 7 p.m. for the girls and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. for the boys.

With losses, they will play in consolation games – Saturday at 4 p.mm. for the girls and Saturday at 5:30 p.m. for the boys.

Next Tuesday, Nov. 15, Potts Camp teams go to Houlka.


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