Thursday, February 10, 2005

Holly High wins two at Potts Camp

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

Intensity was the name of the game Tuesday night, Feb. 1, when the Potts Camp Lady Cardinals hosted the Holly Springs Lady Hawks in a packed gymnasium.

Holly High rallied in the second half for a 65-60 win in the emotional cross county rivalry.

“It was a playoff-type atmosphere,” said Potts Camp Head Coach Kevin Harris. “Both teams played extremely hard. It was high intensity.”

Holly Springs had no trouble in the boys matchup – building a 59-13 halftime advantage before winning 92-43.

“Coach (Naylond) Hayes has done an excellent job of developing the Holly Springs program,” said Potts Camp Head Coach Chris Ferrell. “They’re a very good basketball team. If they don’t win the 3A state title again, I will be very surprised.

“Unless you’re playing them, they’re a lot of fun to watch.”

The Lady Cardinals solved the Lady Hawks’ full-court pressure early in the game and built as much as an 11-point lead in the first quarter.

Tremelanie McFadden cut the deficit to 24-18 at period’s end with a long-range three followed by a two-point basket.

The story was much the same in the second period. Potts Camp went ahead by nine, but at halftime their lead was narrowed to 34-30.

Holly High grabbed the lead in the third. The Lady Hawks outscored the home team 13-8 in the quarter and went ahead 43-42.

But the Lady Cardinals answered. Arnetta Howell sank a three-point shot at the 5:43 mark of the fourth to put Potts Camp ahead 49-44.

“I thought we were in control of the game,” Coach Harris said. “I’m used to us closing the deal, and this is one of the rare times we didn’t do it. I think we let our emotions override our good sense.”

The Lady Cardinals committed just 11 turnovers in the game, but four of those came in the last four minutes of the game.

“You can’t do that against a quality team like Holly Springs,” Harris said.

The Lady Hawks took advantage. They outscored Potts Camp 22-16 in the fourth period, 12 of those 22 coming from the free-throw stripe. McFadden put the final nail in the coffin with two late free throws.

“They (Holly Springs) did a good job of taking care of business,” Harris said.

The Lady Cardinals’ record dropped to 19-9, while the Lady Hawks improved to the .500 mark at 12-12.

For the game, Holly High was 17 of 28 from the line, and Potts Camp was seven of 13.

Wilbert Beard, head coach of the Lady Hawks, said his team has been coming from behind a lot this year.

“We’re playing the right way at the right time of the year,” Beard said. “Records don’t matter a lot right now, and I’m satisfied with the way we’re playing

“Our attitudes are in order at the right time, and we have a god mix with our younger players and our seniors. We’re becoming more defensive-minded, and if we ever get the lead, we can control the tempo.”

McFadden lit up the scoreboard with a game-high 22 points for Holly High. Catasha Boxley followed with 18. Ebony Taylor and JoAnna Isom had eight each.

For Potts Camp, Latrece Walker poured in 20 points. Howell and Kenyotta Jenkins scored 17 and 16 points, respectively.

The Holly Springs Hawks, defending Class 3A state champs, were clicking on all cylinders against the 1A Cardinals. They were up 20-0 before the host team scored its first bucket with 3:44 to go in the first quarter.

Both teams cleared their benches in the second half.

Holly High won by 49 points and improved to 22-1 on the season. Potts Camp’s record fell to 10-17.

Clevin Hannah sank a game-high 21 points for the Hawks, including four threes in the first half. Kenny Dawkins and Charles Johnson scored 11 each. Brandon Ayers had nine.

Jacobye Davis led the Cardinals with eight points.


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