Thursday, October 26, 2005
Potts Camp boys, girls start season 3-1, 2-1
By BARRY BURLESON
The Potts Camp Cardinals handed new head coach Brian Smith a huge victory to start the basketball season.
They knocked off Ingomar, a school rich in winning tradition, 85-60 at home Monday night, Oct. 16.
“We started out slowly, which was to be expected, but then we got into the tempo of the game,” Smith said. “We were in good shape and ran the floor well.”
Potts Camp outscored the Falcons 46-27 in the second half.
Justin Smith poured in 25 for the Cardinals. He was followed by Jacobye Davis with 18, Josh Martin with 16 and Chris Sims with 14.
The Lady Cardinals did not play, due to the Lady Falcons’ participation in the state softball playoffs.
The Cardinals and the Lady Cardinals then participated in the West Union Tournament Thursday through Saturday of last week - both going 2-1.
Smith’s 26-point performance sparked the Cardinals to an easy 80-45 win over East Union Thursday.
Potts Camp outscored East Union 44-15 in the second and third periods.
Others in double digits for the Cardinals were Davis with 14 and Corbin Smith and Shawn Collins with 10 each.
The next night’s win was easy, too, this one 68-42 over Pine Grove.
“Our press did really well,” Coach Smith said. “They had trouble with our pressure, particularly in the second quarter (when the Cardinals outscored the opposition 30-5).
Smith led the offense with 20 points, followed by Davis with 16. Martin scored 11 and had what his coach said was a “pretty phenomenal” 19 rebounds.
The Cardinals then dropped a 76-54 decision Saturday night to tournament host West Union, which was led by 45 points from Dandy Dozen player John Sexton.
Smith said the Cardinals did a good job against Sexton defensively in the first half. In the second half he was 13 of 18 from the free-throw stripe.
Potts Camp trailed by just one, 29-28 at the half.
“That was with them getting every break in the world,” Smith said. “We had 11 fouls on us, and they had three.”
Before the game was over, three Cardinals fouled out. West Union shot 34 free throws and Potts Camp 12.
“It was frustrating for our kids,” he said.
Davis led the Cardinals with 22 points. Smith contributed 15.
The Lady Cardinals tipped off their season Thursday night with a convincing 73-43 win over East Union.
Coach Kevin Harris’ squad put the game away with a 30-9 run in the third quarter. Seven players scored in that period.
Kenyotta Jenkins, named to the Top 20 Underclassmen by The Clarion-Ledger, poured in 24 points. Jasmine Harmon had 16, half of those in the third quarter.
“We got in foul trouble in the first half, but then we broke it open in the third quarter,” Harris said.
On day two of the tournament, the Potts Camp girls ran into what Harris called “a very good defensive team” and fell 41-33 to Pine Grove.
The Lady Cardinals were held to single-digit scoring in three of the four quarters. They played without guard Barneka Lewis, who missed the game because of sickness.
“You don’t appreciate unsung heroes until you’re without them,” Harris said. “We missed her energy and her toughness.”
Jenkins was the only Lady Cardinal in double digits with 14 points.
The Potts Camp girls bounced back Saturday night in dramatic fashion. They survived a double-overtime thriller, beating host West Union 74-66.
“I thought the game would never end,” Harris said.
Potts Camp missed three of four free-throw tries in the last minute of regulation.
West Union went up by six in the first overtime. Lovetta Martin hit what Harris called “the biggest three of her life” to tie the game with 18 seconds to go. West Union then mised two free throws with two seconds left in the first overtime.
The Lady Cardinals outscored the host team 12-4 in the second overtime. Eight of those points came from the free throw line. Lewis was six of six.
“We came through,” Harris said.
Samantha Nance and Bethany Moore had big rebounding nights, according to their coach. Moore had five boards in the second overtime.
Harmon fouled out in the first overtime and Jenkins in the second one.
“I’m proud of my team,” Harris said. “We took some steps toward growing up.”
Potts Camp teams hosted Ashland Tuesday. They go to Blue Mountain Friday. Thursday, Nov. 2, they host Hickory Flat.
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