Thursday, March 2, 2006
 

Coahoma Co. ousts Potts Camp

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

The Potts Camp Cardinals put a scare into the state’s top-ranked Class 2A team.

The visitors had a one-point lead over Coahoma County with five minutes to go Tuesday night, Feb. 21, in the first round of North State. Then Dandy Dozen player Ravern Johnson took over.

“He started scoring from all over the gym,” said Chris Ferrell, head coach of the Cardinals. “He was hitting from 30-foot out. He’s a tremendous player, the best we’ve seen.”

Johnson finished with 32 points as Coahoma County, ranked seventh in The Clarion-Ledger’s Super 10, knocked off Potts Camp 69-48.

The Cardinals end the year with a 16-16 record.

“The Byers loss (in the district) hurt, and then we lost to Baldwyn and settled for the fourth seed and had to go to Coahoma County,” Ferrell said. “That’s tough. At tournament time, a lot depends on where you fall in the bracket. Anything but a fourth seed, and we might could have made it to Jackson (which the Cardinals did in 2005).”

Jacobye Davis led Potts Camp’s scorers with 21 points. Eric Jackson followed with 10, and Justin Smith scored nine.

The Cardinals led 12-11 after one quarter and trailed 25-22 at the half. They were down 40-36 going into the fourth.

“We really overachieved for the most part this season,” Ferrell said. “This team truly defined the word team. These young men were a joy to coach, and we had some quality wins over some big rivals.

“I’ve been coaching 13 seasons, and this is my second most favorite team ever. This team deserved a better ending, but I really enjoyed this group.”

He loses six seniors – Russell Hubbard, Jackson, Jonathon Turnage, Nick Henderson, William Payton and Michael Whaley.

“I like their character and their attitude,” Ferrell said.

Coahoma County went on to finish second in the North.

Lady Cardinals

Coach Kevin Harris’ Lady Cardinals also ventured to Coahoma County Tuesday of last week to open North State and lost 81-62 to “the best team we’ve played this year,” he said.

Coahoma County surged to an 18-8 lead after one quarter and added to in the second. The home team was seemingly in command, 44-22, at the half, but Potts Camp cut it to 12 in the second half and had chances to get closer.

“They made tough shots,” Harris said. “They’re very athletic and very disciplined. They’re a quality team and should go deep into the tournament.”

Kenyotta Jenkins tossed in 21 points for Potts Camp. Stellana Taylor and Latrece Walker scored 15 each with Taylor’s being a career high in her final game.

Harris loses three seniors – Walker, Taylor and Brooke White.

“They’re shining examples of student athletes,” he said. “They all three make good grades, and they’re all college bound. I’m going to miss them. They will be successful.”

The Lady Cardinals wrapped up the season with a 17-15 record.

“It hurts when over, but we went out with our boots on and our guns blazing,” Harris said. “The girls played hard to the end (versus Coahoma County). I’m proud of my team.”

Potts Camp stepped up to 2A this season.

“I’m already looking forward to next year,” Harris said. “We have a lot of players coming back, and we gained valuable experience competing in 2A. There is a learning curve there. It’s a big difference (from 1A). We will use the offseason to get stronger.”

The Coahoma County girls went on to win the North State tourney.


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