Thursday, February 3, 2005

Potts Camp girls, Hickory Flat boys come out on top
  • Cardinals, Lady Cards down Blue Mountain


Chris Ferrell and Kevin Harris liked what they saw last week from their Potts Camp basketball teams.

Ferrell’s Cardinals dominated Blue Mountain and then lost by two points at division-leading Hickory Flat. Harris’ Lady Cardinals earned 41- and 24-point wins over the same two schools.


The Potts Camp boys “played as well as we’ve played all year,” Ferrell said, in an 83-42 victory at home Tuesday, Jan. 25, over Blue Mountain.

The Cardinals had a commanding 41-22 halftime lead.

Reggie Lesure poured in a game-high 25 points. Jacobye Davis and Perstin Neal followed with 19 and 11, respectively.

“We practiced hard, and I urged the seniors to rededicate themselves as leaders,” Ferrell said. “We had a different attitude and a different focus.”

The Cardinals then had their chances late in the game at Hickory Flat Friday night but fell short, 62-60.

Potts Camp led by one point with 28 seconds to go. Hickory Flat called a timeout and then scored off an out-of-bounds play to go up one. Hickory Flat then forced a Potts Camp turnover, and the Cardinals had to foul. The home team converted one free throw to lead by two.

“Reggie (Lesure) got a good look and just missed a three-point shot with 12 seconds left,” Ferrell said. “Then we had another chance with two seconds left and turned the ball over.”

Jamarcus Mitchell gunned in a game-high 26 points for Hickory Flat.

Leading the Cardinals were Lesure with 23, Davis with 16 and Luther Jones with eight.

The game was knotted at 32 at the half.

“We had the lead and an opportunity to win against the number one team in the division on their floor,” said Ferrell, whose team stands 10-16 on the season.

“I’m real pleased with the way we played last week. I challenged the players, and they responded.”

Lady Cardinals

The Lady Cardinals’ offense was in high gear against Blue Mountain. They led 50-13 at the half and went on to the 78-37 win.

“We executed as good on offense as we have all year,” Harris said. “We passed the ball well and shot the ball well. Anything Blue Mountain tried to do defensively didn’t work.”

Kenyotta Jenkins was the top gun with 16 points. Others scoring in double digits were Latrece Walker with 15, Arnetta Howell with 11 and Taquita Evans with 10. Jasmine Harmon added seven.

“In the second half, we mixed in a lot of different combinations,” Harris said. “We got to see a lot of young kids play and contribute.”

He also complimented the board work of Jenkins, Walker and Kayla Reed.

The pinpoint offensive execution continued Friday night at Hickory Flat. The Lady Cardinals won 77-53.

“It was Senior Night for Hickory Flat, and they played us extremely hard,” Harris said. “We did a good job pushing the ball up the floor and taking advantage of opportunities.”

Howell and Walker dominated. They scored 29 and 25 points, respectively. Evans added 11.

“In the fourth quarter, we again mixed a lot of combinations,” he said. “We took a look at a lot of different people. We stayed consistent offensively (scoring 16 points), but defensively we could have been better (also giving up 16 points).”

Potts Camp, which improved to 19-8 on the season, led 25-8 after one quarter and 43-23 at the half.

Leading Hickory Flat in scoring were Brittany Childers with 14 points and Kortney Tucker with 13.

Potts Camp teams hosted Holly Springs Tuesday. They then go to Houlka Friday, Feb. 4, and visit Class 5A Southaven next Tuesday, Feb. 8. They finish the regular season at home Friday, Feb. 11, against Ripley.

“These final four games will have a playoff-type intensity,” Harris said.

Ferrell agreed.

“I really feel like, with the toughness of our schedule this season, we will be OK come Division Tournament time,” Ferrell said.

The Division Tournament is set for February 14-18 at West Union.

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