Thursday, December 14, 2006
Potts Camp boys grab district win Friday at Belmont
By BARRY BURLESON
Getting a win in the first district game is big. Getting it on the road is bigger. And breaking a three-game losing skid makes it huge.
The Potts Camp Cardinals did all three Friday night, winning 73-66 at Belmont and improving to 12-5 on the season.
“We got back to running like we should,” coach Brian Smith said. “That’s the way I like to play, rebound the basketball and go.”
Chris Sims poured in a season-high 22 points for the Cardinals. Jacobye Davis and Justin Smith had 18 each.
Potts Camp led 38-33 at the half.
“We’re still inexperienced at some places,” Coach Smith said. “It was definitely a good win.”
The Lady Cardinals were not as fortunate. They lost their fourth straight, 78-62 to Belmont, and went to 9-7 overall, 1-0 in the district.
“We made too many bad decisions early,” coach Kevin Harris said. “In the second half we settled down.”
Potts Camp trailed 40-24 at intermission but cut it to eight in both the third and fourth quarters.
“We just couldn’t crawl over the hump,” he said. “The big reason was free throws. We were not very good there (five of 13). Belmont was beyond excellent. They were 16 of 19.”
Kenyotta Jenkins turned in a strong performance for Potts Camp. She scored 33. Jasmine Harmon, her first game back since an injury in the Bi-County Tournament, scored eight.
“We did a lot of positive things,” Coach Harris said. “Hopefully, we will play them again.”
Potts Camp vs. Ingomar
On Tuesday of last week, the Cardinals and Lady Cardinals struggled at Ingomar.
Coach Smith said his Potts Camp boys “came out flat” after handily beating Ingomar earlier in the year and fell this time around, 65-47.
“It was the worst we’ve looked all year,” he said. “Basketball is like a roller coaster. The kids were still down I think from the Bi-County (losses on the last two nights of the tournament).
Davis tossed in 27 at Ingomar. Josh Martin had 12.
Ingomar shot 23 free throws to Potts Camp’s seven.
“We got in foul trouble in the first half,” Coach Smith said.
The Lady Cardinals suffered much of the same fate at Ingomar. They were seven of 11 from the free-throw stripe. The Lady Falcons were 18 of 21.
“That was the ball game,” Harris said. “We did an excellent job on the boards. We controlled the glass on both ends.
“The difference was their shooting percentage, and they didn’t turn the ball over a lot.”
Potts Camp missed the injured Harmon, who is averaging over 15 points and 10 rebounds per outing.
Ingomar led by just two, 28-26, at the half but pulled away down the stretch by cashing in free throws.
“We did a good job defending them, for the most part,” Harris said.
Jenkins led Potts Camp with 18 points.
The Cardinals and Lady Cardinals go to New Albany Friday night to wrap up the pre-holiday break portion of their schedule.
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