Thursday, January 19, 2006

County rivals split; P.C. girls storm back

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

Potts Camp basketball teams went three for four last week with some dramatics along the way.

The Lady Cardinals and Cardinals split against county rival Byhalia on the road and then swept district foe Baldwyn at home.

Potts Camp vs. Byhalia.

The Lady Cardinals pulled off what seemed to be impossible. They rallied from an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Lady Indians 53-51.

“Those big comebacks don’t happen very often,” said Kevin Harris, coach of the Potts Camp girls. “I’ve been fortunate since I’ve been at Potts Camp to be a part of three or four of them, and this one was just as sweet, particularly since it was against a team the caliber of Byhalia. Byhalia has been playing very well.”

The Lady Indians took a 41-25 lead into the fourth quarter. They upped the margin to 18 before the Lady Cardinals’ comeback ignited.

“We began playing with more reckless abandon,” Coach Harris said. “We hit some key baskets and some key free throws. There were four lead changes in the last minute.”

The winning bucket came off an in-bounds pass. Stellana Taylor found Kenyotta Jenkins, who hit the lay-up with four seconds to go.

“Everybody did their part,” Harris said. “It was exciting.”

Jenkins led the way with 20 points. She was four of four from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Latrece Walker had 17. Jasmine Harmon added nine, all on threes late in the third and early in the fourth. Stellana Taylor also added a big three and scored five points.

For Byhalia, Brandy Fayne had 17, Ashley Wilson 10, Roszetta Blackmon 10 and Queanisha Cathey eight, six in the fourth.

“Byhalia is a tough team to defend against,” Harris said. “I’m proud of the way we defended.”

The Cardinals got into some early foul trouble but stayed within 13 points, 39-26, of Byhalia at the half. Then in the third quarter the Indians went on a 30-10 run en route to the 85-50 win.

“I played my second group most of the first half because of the foul trouble, and I was real pleased to be down by 13,” Ferrell said. “Then in the third, they broke our back. The fouls continued to multiply for us.

“Coach (Charles) Gillespie did a great job with their game plan. They established the inside game, and then once they got up, they went up-tempo. We didn’t defend well. I was disappointed in that.”

Four Indians scored in double figures – Cordell Jefferson with 19, Adarryl Richmond with 13, Cornelius Blackmon with 13 and Lavar Craine with 11. Jefferson had 15 in the first quarter

For Potts Camp, Eric Jackson scored 12, Luther Jones 11 and Josh Martin eight.

Potts Camp vs. Baldwyn

It was a defensive battle Friday night as the Lady Cardinals held on to beat Baldwyn 40-34. They improved to 11-9 overall and won their first district game to go to 1-2.

“We didn’t play as well as we should, but we defended well, and we did a great job rebounding,” Harris said. “Their defense gave us some trouble, too.”

Potts Camp let a 15-point lead slip to just four in the fourth quarter and then “corrected the ship,” according to the coach.

Jenkins was the top scorer with 14. Walker and Taylor added 10 and nine, respectively.

Only 16 free throws were shot in the game, 10 by Potts Camp and six by Baldwyn.

Coach Ferrell called his team’s 55-48 victory over Baldwyn “a huge win.”

“It’s a credit to our kids,” he said. “They went back to work and bounced back in a critical division game.”

The Cardinals upped their record to 10-10 overall and more importantly 2-1 in the district.

“We defended well and controlled the tempo,” Ferrell said.

The Cardinals took a 16-13 lead after one quarter, thanks to a length-of-the-court pass from Justin Smith to Cobye Davis, who hit a long shot from the top of the key.

“That was a huge lift,” Ferrell said.

Baldwyn later hit a three to go up 37-35 after three periods. Then Potts Camp outscored the visitors 20-11 in the fourth quarter.

Davis lit up the scoreboard with 26 points. Smith had 12 and Jackson 10.

“It was a team effort,” said Ferrell mentioning others like Jones, Clyde Hubbard and Russell Hubbard. “Baldwyn was 11-4 coming in. We knew we had our hands full.”

Schedule

Potts Camp teams visited East Union Tuesday. They host Ashland Friday. Next Tuesday, Jan. 24, they welcome Hickory Flat.


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