Thursday, February 16, 2006
sweeps Myrtle, West Union
Potts Camp basketball teams closed out the regular season last week in winning form.
The Lady Cardinals and Cardinals swept Myrtle and West Union to tune up for this weeks Region 1-2A Tournament at Baldwyn. Scheduled games Friday at Ripley were cancelled due to inclement weather (snow).
Potts Camp vs. Myrtle
Three Lady Cardinals hit for double digits in a 63-45 victory Monday night, Feb. 6, at Myrtle.
Kenyotta Jenkins tossed in 23 points, while Latrece Walker scored 19 and Jasmine Harmon 13.
Those three did serious damage, coach Kevin Harris said. We played well and executed.
The Potts Camp girls played extremely well in the third period, outscoring the home team 26-9 to put the game in our pocket and keep it there, Harris said.
He praised his teams defensive effort.
When we defend the perimeter well, were pretty tough, Harris said. We did a good job controlling their guards.
Lovetta Martin and Stellana Taylor added nine and eight points, respectively, for Potts Camp.
The Cardinals used a strong fourth quarter to knock off Myrtle 63-54.
Coach Chris Ferrells team led by just two, 42-40, heading into the final frame.
Myrtle had been in a zone (defense), and we got them out of the zone, and they werent comfortable, Ferrell said. We got them in some matchup problems, and we played smat and patient.
Four Cardinals scored in double figures - Cobye Davis with 22, Justin Smith with 13 and Eric Jackson and Clyde Hubbard with 11 each.
We played a complete game, he said. Wed gone two years without a win at Myrtle; getting a win there was nice.
Potts Camp vs. West Union
The Lady Cardinals rallied from a halftime deficit (23-21) to earn a 56-45 home victory over West Union on Senior Night.
West Union has improved more than any girls team Ive seen, Harris said. They gave us a battle.
Walkers 16 points and Jenkins 12 led Potts Camp. Harmon and Martin hit big threes to give us some breathing room, Harris said.
Late in third and early in the fourth, our guards did a better job of handling the ball and getting the shots we needed.
Leann Manning had a game-high 25 for West Union and she earned them all, Coach Harris said.
The Cardinals defense limited West Union star John Sexton to just 14 points, 21 below his average, in a 69-53 win on Senior Night.
Coach Ferrell said Clyde Hubbard drew the assignment of guarding Sexton and defended very well.
We stepped up as a team defensively, Ferrell said, particularly in the second half (when the Cardinals held West Union to just 14 points).
And the offense wasnt bad either. From the post, Smith scored 24 and Davis 18. From the perimeter, Hubbard had 10, Jackson nine and Russell Hubbard eight.
They had beaten us twice, and to beat them by 16 on Senior Night was sweet, Ferrell said. It finished off three solid games in a row (Houlka, Myrtle and West Union).
The Cardinals (15-13 overall) and the Lady Cardinals (16-12 overall) opened play in the district tournament on Monday and Tuesday nights of this week. The boys faced New Site Monday in round one and the girls met East Union Tuesday. Semi-finals are Thursday, and consolation games and championships are Friday at Baldwyn High School.
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