Thursday, November 2, 2006
Camp sweeps Ashland, Blue Mountain
By BARRY BURLESON
Potts Camp claimed the trophies Friday night in the first Carl White Classic basketball games at Blue Mountain.
The classic between the two schools was established in memory of the very successful, long-time Potts Camp coach.
White died October 30, 1992, while coaching in a Potts Camp game at Blue Mountain. He had been coaching Potts Camp teams for 23 years.
“It’s a great way to reconnect with the past,” said Kevin Harris, coach of the Lady Cardinals.
“It was really nice to win this Carl White memorial game; it was special,” said Brian Smith, in his first year at the helm of the Cardinals.
Jasmine Harmon’s 22 points led the Lady Cardinals to a 64-52 victory over Blue Mountain.
“I think Jasmine missed two shots from the floor all night,” Harris said. “She was on fire and we rode the hot hand.”
Potts Camp erupted to a 21-10 lead after one quarter.
“We jumped on them pretty good,” Harris said. “We looked really good in the first quarter.”
Kenyotta Jenkins added 16 points, and Barneka Lewis scored 10.
Foul trouble hampered Potts Camp in the later quarters. Harmon and Jenkins got into foul trouble.
“Some calls didn’t go our way, but we did enough to win,” Harris said. “I really like this team.”
He complimented the defense of Bethany Moore and Samantha Nance.
Justin Smith’s 26-point performance powered the Cardinals to an 88-63 victory at Blue Mountain.
“Justin is the most consistent kid I’ve seen in a while,” Smith said. “You can count on him – scoring and rebounding.”
Others in double digits were Chris Sims with 16, Jacobye Davis with 13 and Shawn Collins with 12.
Potts Camp went on top 27-12 after one period.
“We played good on defense to start with,” Smith said. “Our press was effective.”
On Tuesday night of last week, the Lady Cardinals and Cardinals swept Benton County rival Ashland.
Two late free throws from Lewis secured the Lady Cardinals’ 50-47 victory over the Lady Devils.
“We ground it out and got a win,” Coach Harris said.
Potts Camp (4-1) fell behind 9-0 and the score was tied at 11 after one quarter.
“In the early stages of the game we missed a lot of open shots,” he said. “Offensively, we never kicked it into gear, but Ashland played great.”
Ashland’s Sandricka Bowen was the game’s high scorer with 26.
“She was hard to handle,” Harris said.
Leading Potts Camp were Jenkins with 20, Harmon with 12 and Lewis with 10.
In the boys’ matchup, Davis put on a scoring show for the Cardinals. He scored 41, including four three-pointers.
“It was his best game of the year,” Smith said.
The coach said his team shot well overall. Potts Camp (5-1) was 21 of 31 from the free-throw stripe, which Coach Smith called “crucial.”
Smith gunned in 21 for Potts Camp, and Josh Martin added 14.
“It was a gut-check game,” Coach Smith said. “We had a lead and then with about two minutes left, we were down one. But we came back. We had a couple of key steals in the last minute.”
For Ashland, Darnell Anderson scored 24, while Quenton Williams and Quinton Hampton had 20 each, and Calvin Hampton added 11.
“The home crowd made a big difference,” Coach Smith said. “I appreciate our fans.”
Potts Camp teams host rival Hickory Flat, from just six miles east, this Thursday, Nov. 2, starting at 6 p.m. Next Tuesday, Nov. 7, they host New Albany.
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