Thursday, November 16, 2006
Potts Camp boys dominate 4A ’Dogs
By BARRY BURLESON
The highlight of the week for Potts Camp basketball teams was the Cardinals’ 84-76 victory over New Albany Tuesday night, Nov. 7.
“We really had a big night,” said first-year coach Brian Smith. “It was close the first quarter, but in the second quarter we took the game over. Jacobye (Davis), Justin (Smith) and Chris (Sims) had big second quarters.”
The Class 2A Cardinals outscored the Class 4A Bulldogs 28-12 in that second period.
“We really took advantage of our size,” Smith said. “The defense played well for three quarters, and then we let up some in the fourth quarter, largely due to the big lead.”
Potts Camp was up by as many as 22 points midway through the fourth quarter.
Davis and Smith combined for 49 points, Davis hitting for 26 and Smith for 23. Josh Martin returned to the lineup following an injury and scored 15 points and grabbed 19 rebounds. Sims added nine.
“His (Martin’s) return gave us some energy,” Coach Smith said.
The Potts Camp boys followed that up with an easy 91-71 victory Friday night at Center Hill, a new school in DeSoto County.
“We just had too much experience and firepower for them,” Smith said. “They couldn’t match up with us inside.”
The Cardinals, who improved to 7-2 on the season, led 25-12 after one period and 48-30 at the halftime break.
Smith took high-scoring honors with 26 points, but Davis was the star of the show. He had a triple-double. He scored 25 points, grabbed 19 rebounds and dished out 11 assists.
“You don’t see that too often,” Coach Smith said about Davis’ performance.
Martin had a double-double. He tossed in 16 points and had 12 rebounds. Sims followed with nine points, and Korbin Smith added eight.
The Potts Camp Lady Cardinals had shooting woes in their contest against Class 4A New Albany. They fell 53-37.
“Our wounds were not inflicted by New Albany,” coach Kevin Harris said. “They were self-inflicted. We just missed shots. We were just out of sync offensively.”
The Lady Bulldogs were up by just two, 17-15, at the half, but grabbed the momentum and the bigger advantage with a 17-9 run in the third quarter.
“They had that spurt in the third quarter, and we couldn’t answer,” Coach Harris said.
Jasmine Harmon and Kenyotta Jenkins led Potts Camp with 13 points each.
“We defended well enough, but New Albany is a big 4A school with a lot of athletes,” he said. “They gave us some problems.”
The Lady Cardinals bounced back strongly Friday night at the new Center Hill gym. They rolled to the 57-40 victory and improved to 6-2 on the season.
‘We had no big explosion,” Harris said. “We were just consistent all the way through. I was very pleased with the way we responded (after the loss to New Albany).”
Potts Camp was on top 27-14 at the half.
He said Center Hill “had no answer” for Jenkins, who scored 24 points. Harmon shined, too. She had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, plus she also pitched in six assists. Harris said Bethany Moore also made a big contribution with eight points and some solid defense.
“A lot of folks chipped in baskets,” he said. “Eight players scored. I was very pleased with the way we played.”
Potts Camp teams were scheduled to host Houlka Tuesday night of this week. Prior to the Thanksgiving break, they invade Marshall County rival H.W. Byers Friday night.
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