Thursday, January 26, 2006

Potts Camp takes two at E. Union, falls to Blue Devils


Potts Camp basketball teams stayed in division (Region 1-2A) last week, sweeping East Union on the road and dropping two games to Ashland at home.

Potts Camp vs. East Union

Kenyotta Jenkins scored half (24) of her team’s points as the Lady Cardinals beat East Union 48-37 Tuesday evening, Jan. 17.

Jenkins scored 15 in the first half. For the game, she was eight of nine from the free throw line.

“In the first half, Kenyotta (Jenkins) was our only option,” said coach Kevin Harris.

Potts Camp trailed by five going into the fourth quarter but outscored the home team 20-4 in the all-important period.

Jasmine Harmon, who finished with nine points, hit a couple of threes to get the run started. Latrece Walker, who had a rare off night on offense, scored four points in the fourth. Lovetta Martin also hit a big three.

“We defended well enough to keep it close,” Harris said. “Some nights you’re just off, and we were. It was a division win we had to have, and we were able to come through. I’m proud of our defensive effort.”

The Cardinals took the opposite approach to their victory. They built a 25-9 lead after the first quarter and then had to hang on for the 67-66 win over East Union.

“I’m not sure whether we got relaxed or what,” coach Chris Ferrell said. “We opened the game with one of the better eight- or 10-minute stretches we’ve had in a while, and then we got a little lax. They made a run back at us.”

Eric Jackson hit the game-winning shot with nine seconds left. A last-second attempt by East Union missed the mark.

Cobye Davis poured in a game-high 28 points. Jackson followed with 16. Ferrell said Justin Smith also had a good game, and Luther Jones “defended well.”

“Anytime you go to East Union and get a win, you feel good about yourself,” Ferrell said.

Potts Camp vs. Ashland

The matchup between the Lady Cardinals and Lady Blue Devils was simply “a high quality girls basketball game,” Coach Harris said. His team lost a hard-fought 60-56 decision to Jessie Terry’s Ashland squad on Friday.

“It’s one of the better games we’ve had even though we were on the losing end,” Harris said.

His Lady Cardinals dropped to 12-10 overall and 2-3 in district. The Lady Devils went to 15-4 and 4-0.

Potts Camp’s biggest lead was three, and Ashland’s eight.

“It was a one or two possession game all the way through,” Harris said.

Ashland came up with a couple of big defensive stands in the last 30 seconds and sank free throws to win.

“To Ashland’s credit, they defended a little better than we executed,” Harris said.

Top scorers for the Lady Cardinals were Walker with 20, Jenkins with 12 and Harmon with 10.

Leading the Lady Blue Devils were Vakela Crawford with 19, Sharon Traylor with 14 and Tamara Richard with 12.

“It was a game that made each team better,” Harris said. “It was a great girls game. One team had to lose. Coach Terry is one of the best in the business.”

The Potts Camp boys dug themselves a 23-point hole before losing by 14, 64-50 to the Blue Devils, who lead the district race.

“Ashland did a good job defensively, taking some things away,” Ferrell said. “We had trouble scoring. I played a lot of people.”

Davis was the top point man with 20 points. Jones scored 12.

For Ashland, Anthony Allen gunned in 20 points, while Cordero Ayers had 17 and Marcus Brown 15.

Potts Camp fell to 12-11 overall and 3-2 in the division. Ashland upped its marks to 11-8 and 4-0.

“Coach Terry does a great job,” Ferrell said.


Potts Camp teams were slated to host Hickory Flat Tuesday in non-division contests. They then wrap up division play with a trip to New Site on Friday night, with games starting at 6 p.m.

Next Tuesday evening, Jan. 31, the Cardinals and Lady Cardinals host county rival Byhalia.

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