Thursday, November 24, 2005

Nine ‘threes’ lift Cardinals to win

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

Potts Camp used somewhat of a strange weapon to knock off Marshall County rival H.W. Byers Friday on homecoming.

The Cardinals hit nine three-point shots in the 59-47 victory - four by Eric Jackson, three by Luther Jones and two by Russell Hubbard.

“That’s uncharacteristic for us,” coach Chris Ferrell said about the long-range bombs. “Our guards stepped up.”

Potts Camp went up 8-0 early.

“That helped,” Ferrell said. “We got to play our style and tempo. Byers has a great coach (Gerone Kirkland), and they like the up tempo game.”

The Cardinals led 18-9 after one quarter and 31-23 at the half.

“In the fourth quarter, I think our legs were about gone,” Ferrell said. “We played on guts and heart.”

Jacobye Davis poured in 20 points to lead the offense, including two dunks. Jones and Jackson followed with 15 and 12, respectively.

“It has been a total team effort,” Ferrell said about the early season success. “We’re happy to be 7-3.”

No Lion scored in double digits. Bradley Coleman tossed in nine points. Terdarin Bryson had eight.

The Lions dropped to 2-4 on the year.

Byers girls beat Potts Camp

Coach Jason Thompson got a stellar performance from ninth grade point guard Rachel Jones in a 61-47 victory over Potts Camp. Jones ran the show to perfection and scored 18.

“She had a superb game,” Thompson said. “She executed and made them (the Lady Cardinals) play chase.”

She also nailed eight of 10 free throw tries in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.

“She’s like a water bug out there,” said Potts Camp coach Kevin Harris. “She’s hard to trap. She played excellent.”

The Lady Cardinals actually led 17-5 after one quarter and 27-23 at the half. But the second half belonged to Byers.

“We played very well the second half,” Thompson said. “It was a hard-fought game. We were more focused in the second half.”

Amelia Cunningham added 14 points for the Lady Lions (3-5).

For Potts Camp (5-5), Kenyotta Jenkins had a game-high 20, and Latrece Walker scored 12.

“We played well the first half, and in the second half it was like we hit a wall mentally,” Harris said. “We had unforced errors and lapses in judgment, and you can’t do that against a good team. Byers did a great job.”

Potts Camp committed 37 turnovers and was just 13 of 29 from the free-throw line. Byers had 23 turnovers and hit 17 of 29 free throw attempts, going 12 of 22 in the fourth.

Potts Camp vs. Houlka

On Thursday of last week, Potts Camp teams also split with Houlka.

The Cardinals turned in another strong defensive effort in the 56-42 win.

“We were down by two at the half, but held them to 13 points in the second half,” Ferrell said. “That says a lot about these kids. They’ve bought into the defensive philosophy.”

Davis was again the top gun with 26. Jackson followed with 16, and Jones added eight.

Ferrell said he also got “huge minutes off the bench” from Josh Martin.

“Back-to-back wins over Houlka and Byers is pretty good,” he said.

The Lady Cardinals got 24 points from Walker and shut down Houlka’s top two scorers, but it wasn’t enough. They fell 56-50.

“If you would have told me we were going to hold their leading scorer to six points and their second leading scorer to 10 and lose, I would have said you’re crazy,” Harris said.

Again, poor free-throw shooting was costly. Potts Camp hit 10 of 29 tries.

“We cut it to three a few times in the fourth quarter and had our chances from the free throw line but couldn’t cash in,” Harris said. “Houlka is very strong inside. Their post play is devastating.”

Jenkins added 13 points for the Lady Cardinals.

Potts Camp teams are off until the Bi-County Tournament December 1-3 at Northwest Community College in Senatobia.

H.W. Byers vs.Tunica Rosa Fort

The Lady Lions and Lions fell to visiting Rosa Fort Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Byers’ girls had no players in double digits as they dropped a 69-38 decision. They trailed 32-18 at the half and later got outscored 26-14 in the fourth quarter.

Tunica remained unbeaten.

The Lions also fell behind early, 13-5 after one quarter, and could not rally. They were outscored 23-13 in the fourth period and lost 61-45.

Nick Tate and Demetrius Fitzpatrick gunned in 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Byers.

The Lions and Lady Lions were scheduled to visit Coldwater on Monday of this week and host county rival Byhalia on Tuesday.

Tuesday, Nov. 29, they go to New Albany, before competing in the Bi-County Tournament at Northwest December 1-3.


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