Thursday, December 15, 2005

Defense boosts Cardinals

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

The Potts Camp Cardinals stepped up to 2A this season, and they got off to a good start in their new district Friday night.

Coach Chris Ferrell’s team knocked off Belmont 59-46, after a big non-division win earlier in the week over Myrtle.

The Lady Cardinals split against the same two teams – bettering Myrtle and losing a one-point contest to Belmont.

Cardinals

Potts Camp got 64 points from Cobye Davis in the two victories last week.

He poured in 37 points in a 70-64 home victory over Myrtle on Tuesday night. Eric Jackson followed with 17.

“It was more of the same for us,” Ferrell said. “Defense leads to easy offense. Cobye (Davis) finished a lot of fast breaks.

“And offensively, we look for Cobye. A lot of credit goes to his teammates.

“Eric (Jackson) had two good games as well last week. He provided us with some outside scoring.”

It was the Cardinals first time to score 70 points this season.

They led Myrtle 33-27 at the half.

Then on Friday night, Potts Camp ran out to a 32-10 halftime advantage over Belmont en route to the 13-point victory.

“It was just a real good effort defensively,” Ferrell said.

He said Luther Jones and Justin Smith are leading the strong defensive effort.

“To win our first division game in Class 2A was exciting. I couldn’t ask more out of my kids.”

Davis poured in 27 points against Belmont, while Jackson followed with 17.

“We’re pleased to be 9-5 (overall),” Ferrell said. “All of our games have been close; we’ve been in every game.

“We’re getting some good minutes off the bench from Josh Martin, and Russell Hubbard is doing a good job running the point.

“It’s a collection of all working together and doing what they’re supposed to do to win.”

Lady Cardinals

Coach Kevin Harris said his Lady Cardinals “let an important game slip away” Friday night at home against Belmont.

The visitors went up by four with 18 seconds left and hung on for the 58-57 win.

“We played well enough to win,” Harris said.

Potts Camp held Belmont’s top scorer Keshia Southward, who averages 29 a game, to just 12 points. But Belmont’s point guard, Kailie Montgomery took up the slack, scoring 23.

“Belmont presents us with matchup problems,” Harris said. “They have the tall guard, and both times we’ve played them (earlier in a tournament), she’s been the difference..

“It was not lack of effort on our part. They have more strength and size.”

Three Lady Cardinals hit for double digits – Latrece Walker with 24, Kenyotta Jenkins with 14 and Jasmine Harmon with 11. Stellana Taylor, coming back from an injury, added eight.

Potts Camp outscored Belmont 19-3 in the third quarter, and then Belmont outscored Potts Camp, 24-11 in the fourth.

Harris’ team had just seven turnovers going into the fourth quarter and then turned it over seven times in the fourth.

“But we’ve only had one game with less turnovers,” he said. “We did a great job of handling the ball. We left it all on the floor. We outrebounded them and created more turnovers.”

Potts Camp went to 7-7 overall and 0-1 in Division 1-2A.

Against Myrtle on Tuesday of last week, Walker’s triple double powered the Lady Cardinals to a big 79-62 over Myrtle, which suffered just its third loss of the season.

The senior had 30 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists. She became a 1,000-point career scorer.

“I’m very proud of her,” Harris said. “We needed the points (vs. Myrtle), and I can’t remember her playing any better.”

Eighth grader Kenyotta Jenkins was actually the top scorer in the victory. She had a career-high 32. Harmon added 11.

Potts Camp was up 35-34 at the half and outscored Myrtle 44-28 in the second half.

“It was a shootout,” Harris said. “Myrtle has one of the better full-court presses we’ve seen all year. They rattled us early, but then we settled down and execute.

“We broke it open late in the third, and then sealed the deal in the fourth. We played smart and intelligent basketball.”

Schedule

Potts Camp visited 3A Holly High Tuesday night. They go to 4A DeSoto Central this Friday.


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