Thursday, November 1, 2007
Potts Camp sweeps opponents
By BARRY BURLESON
Tana Miller admitted her first coaching victory was special, but most of all, she gave credit where credit’s due.
“What made me feel good is that we played as well as we played,” the rookie mentor said about her Potts Camp Lady Cardinals, who beat Ashland 78-57 Tuesday of last week.
Three days later the Potts Camp girls rallied for a 65-62 win at Blue Mountain to go to 2-1 on the season.
The second quarter was the difference in the home opener October 23. The Lady Cardinals turned up the defensive pressure and outscored the Lady Blue Devils 26-9 in that period.
“Our defense created turnovers and we took advantage of them,” Miller said.
Kenyotta Jenkins poured in 32 points in the 21-point win. Jasmine Harmon added 21.
The outcome was much closer Friday night. The Lady Cards trailed 48-41 after three quarters to Blue Mountain but pulled out the three-point victory with a 24-14 fourth-quarter run.
“We chipped away, and again, in the end, our defense won it,” she said. “It was a rough game, but the girls stayed with it.”
Four Potts Camp players scored in double digits - Harmon and Shanekqua Johnson with 16 each, Jenkins with 13 and Samantha Stinson with 10.
Potts Camp boys
The Cardinals, ranked fourth in the state in Class A by The Clarion-Ledger, improved to 3-0 last week with an eight-point win over Ashland and a 10-point victory over Blue Mountain.
Coach Brian Smith’s squad sank 12 of 16 free throws down the stretch to secure a 66-58 home win over Ashland.
“We did a good job finishing in the last four minutes,” he said. “That was big.
“We played well defensively in the game. We held Ashland to just eight points in the second quarter.”
Tyrone Hampton opened his 65-point week in two games with 32 points against the Devils. Josh Martin had 17 points and 16 rebounds.
Hampton then lit up the scoreboard with 33 points in an 85-75 victory at Blue Mountain.
Martin’s super night included 22 points and 21 rebounds. Chris Sims added 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Coach Smith said Johnathan Falkner and Korbin Smith “did a good job handling the ball down the stretch.”
“It was a good win on the road,” Coach Smith said. “We were in foul trouble, and the bench really helped a lot.”
He mentioned the efforts of Chad Randolph, Kevin Williams, Jeremy Siggers and Corey Totten.
“They played well for us off the bench,” Smith said.
Potts Camp teams were schedule to face Myrtle on Tuesday of this week. Thursday, they host Marshall County rival H.W. Byers.
“It’s a big week for us,” Coach Miller said.
Next Tuesday, Nov. 6, they travel a few miles east to face neighboring Hickory Flat.
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