Thursday, November 9, 2006
Rivals split games on court
By BARRY BURLESON
The schools are less than 10 miles apart, and Thursday night they renewed their basketball rivalry for a new season.
Potts Camp and Hickory Flat split a couple of nail-biters, the Lady Cardinals winning by one point and the Rebels taking an eight-point victory in the nightcap.
The Potts Camp girls survived what coach Kevin Harris termed “a wild” final 35 seconds of the contest to win 53-52. They improved to 5-1 on the season.
“This game had about everything anybody could dream of,” he said. “We were able to grind it out for the win. We showed good composure. We made plays when we had to.”
He said coach Gary McBride’s Lady Rebels were well prepared and did an outstanding job.
“It was definitely a return to a rivalry,” Harris said. “Hickory Flat played hard.”
Jasmine Harmon’s 20 points powered Potts Camp. She hit two big three-pointers in the fourth quarter to cut Potts Camp’s deficit to one. Kenyotta Jenkins added 18. Barneka Lewis scored just four, but her steal and layup gave the Lady Cardinals some momentum and a lead with 28 seconds to go.
Scoring in double figures for Hickory Flat were Kortny Tucker with 13 and Beth Allen and Anna Paige Cook with 20 each.
The Lady Cardinals were a dismal seven of 22 from the free-throw stripe in the game, but hit six of 11 in the fourth quarter. The Lady Rebels hit 16 of 22 free-throw tries.
The boys’ matchup between Potts Camp and Hickory Flat was tied with about two minutes left before the Rebels came through in the clutch and earned the 72-64 victory.
Coach Brian Smith’s Cardinals went up 23-18 in the first quarter but the Rebels turned the tide in the second quarter and went on a 19-9 run.
“We started out good,” Smith said, “and then we had a bad second quarter. “Every loose ball went their way. We couldn’t catch a break and we started getting in some foul trouble, too.”
Potts Camp struggled from the free-throw stripe, hitting 11 of 23. Hickory Flat hit some crucial free throws down the stretch to pull away.
Jacobye Davis poured in 22 points for Potts Camp. Shawn Collins added 17, with 13 coming in the first quarter and nine of those on three three-pointers. Chris Sims and Justin Smith followed with 13 and 10 points, respectively. The Cardinals played without starter Josh Martin, who suffered a broken nose in an earlier game against Ashland.
Leading the Rebels were Ladaryl Jones with 25, Leandre Wilson with 19 and Tyler Reed with 10.
Class 2A Potts Camp teams were scheduled to host Class 4A New Albany Tuesday night. Friday night they go to Center Hill, a new DeSoto County school opening their new gym.
Hickory Flat teams were slated to host Falkner Tuesday. They then play Walnut at home Friday and travel to Benton County rival Ashland next Tuesday, Nov. 14.
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