Thursday, October 25, 2007
Cardinals get win to open season
By BARRY BURLESON
The Potts Camp Cardinals tipped off a new basketball season with what head coach Brian Smith termed “a quality win.”
The Cardinals traveled to the basketball-rich land of Ingomar and knocked off the Falcons 69-64 on Monday night, Oct. 15.
“We were down as many as nine in the second half,” Smith said. “Our guys showed a lot of heart. We had some things go against us but we were able to overcome.”
Potts Camp still trailed, 47-42, after three quarters. That’s when the Cardinals turned to full-court heat to rally and outscore the Falcons by 10 in the fourth and escape with a victory.
“The key was that we saved our press until the last,” Smith said. “We were able to get pressure on their guards and create some steals.”
Tyrone Hampton had a game-high 26 points for Potts Camp. Josh Martin added 17 and Thaddeus Johnson 15.
Coach Smith said Chris Sims fouled out, and Jeremy Siggers came off the bench and got some key deflections off the press.
He said Ingomar’s big man, Zack Carnell, hurt the Cardinals inside. Carnell scored 23, but only six came in the second half.
The Potts Camp Lady Cardinals weren’t as fortunate in game one of their season. They fell 62-44 in the coaching debut of Tana Miller.
“It’s hard to start the year at Ingomar – with their tradition,” she said. “And Ingomar shot the ball extremely well.”
Potts Camp had an early 8-2 lead and the first quarter was tight. The Lady Falcons pulled away in the second half.
Kenyotta Jenkins’ 12 points led the Lady Cardinals. Jasmine Harmon and Shanekqua Johnson added eight each.
The Potts Camp basketball teams were scheduled to play their first home games of the season on Tuesday of this week versus Ashland.
The Cardinals and Lady Cardinals will visit Blue Mountain Friday and then host Myrtle next Tuesday, Oct. 30.
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