Thursday, February 2, 2006

Lady Cards win in double OT

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

The New Site gymnasium Friday night was no place for the faint of heart.

Potts Camp teams visited for what proved to be two nerve-racking matchups.

Kenyotta Jenkins sank a short shot with 3.5 seconds left in the second overtime to lift the Lady Cardinals to the 80-79 victory.

“We trailed in both overtimes, but we were able to execute in pressure situations and come back and win,” said coach Kevin Harris. “We didn’t play great, and it could have turned into disaster, but we pulled it out. I’m proud of that.”

Potts Camp opened the second half with four straight baskets and went up by 17.

“Then in the next quarter and a half they (New Site) shot 74 percent from the floor,” Harris said.

The game was tied at 68 at the end of regulation and at 73 after one OT.

Jenkins and Latrece Walker combined for 60 of the Lady Cardinals’ 80 points. They scored 30 each, and Walker fouled out in the second overtime with her team trailing by four. Stellana Taylor had 11. Barneka Lewis scored six, including a bucket to tie the score and send the game into the first overtime.

Jasmine Harmon was sick and did not play.

The Lady Cardinals improved to 14-10 overall and 3-3 in the division, which means they will enter the Region 1-2A Tournament in a few weeks as the fourth seed. It was their last regular season district contest.

The Potts Camp boys fell victim to D.J. Walker’s half-court shot just before time expired. The successful heave gave New Site the 66-63 win.

The game was tied with 1.6 seconds left. Potts Camp tried to throw the ball the length of the court and get off a shot.

“We could have played for overtime, but we wanted to make something happen,” said coach Chris Ferrell. “The play has worked for us before.

“Their kid (Walker) picked off the pass, took two dribbles, shot it from the other side of half court and banked it in. It was a crazy shot. You had to be there to believe it.

“We felt bad about losing, but we’ll bounce back.”

Cobye Davis poured in 28 points for Potts Camp. Eric Jackson and Clyde Hubbard added 18 and 10, respectively.

Potts Camp led 31-28 at the half.

Justin Smith came down with food poisoning on the way to the game and did not play.

“We had to shuffle the lineup, and that gave them some mismatches,” Ferrell said. “He’s one of our better defensive players inside, and that hurt us inside.

“They had a player get hurt, and that upped their intensity.

“We felt like it was a game we should have won.”

The Cardinals went to 12-12 overall and 3-3 in the district. Their seeding in the tournament is undecided.

Potts Camp vs. Hickory Flat

The Lady Cardinals outscored neighboring Hickory Flat 37-14 in the second and third quarters on Tuesday of last week at home and coasted to the 68-42 victory.

The Potts Camp girls actually fell behind 10-0.

“They surprised us with a 1-2-2 zone defense,” Harris said. “We missed some shots, and I think we took them too lightly on the defensive end. It was a wake-up call.”

Walker was the top gun with 20. Jenkins and Harmon added 18 each. Lewis scored nine.

“They had a lot of trouble controlling Kenyotta early,” Harris said. “A lot of her damage was done in the first half.”

Harmon hit six threes in the game, four of those in the third quarter.

Kortney Tucker had 13 for Hickory Flat.

“Hickory Flat is a dangerous team,” Harris said. “They’re very pesky.

“I was pleased with our offensive execution, outside of the first quarter.”

The Cardinals also got off to a slot start in their game against Hickory Flat. They trailed 12-9 after one quarter but outscored the opposition 50-30 the rest of the way. They won 59-42.

“The first time we played them they played up tempo,” Ferrell said. “This time they were more patient, and that caught us off guard.”

Ferrell said he made some adjustments going into the second quarter.

“We made some steals, plus we moved the ball and took good shots,” he said. “It was pleased. It was one of our better games of the new year. It was a good win at home.”

Davis led the way with 20. Jackson had 13 and Smith 12.

Ladarrayl Jones had a game-high 22 for Hickory Flat.

Potts Camp teams were scheduled to host Marshall County rival Byhalia on Tuesday night. Friday, they welcome Houlka to town. Next Monday, Feb. 6, the Cardinals and Lady Cardinals travel to Myrtle, and Tuesday, Feb. 7, they host West Union.


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