Thursday, November 8, 2007
County rivals split
By BARRY BURLESON
Coach Brian Smith called it a shootout.
His Potts Camp Cardinals, playing on their home court, survived the cross county rivalry – 94-87 over H.W. Byers Thursday.
And his big man, Chris Sims, was the top gun. The senior, unstoppable on this night, dropped in 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
“It was the best game he’s had in the two years I’ve been here,” Smith said. “He really stepped up tonight.”
The lead see-sawed in the first, coach Sylvester Kilgore’s Byers squad up 11-6 early and then the Cardinals going ahead 14-13 on Josh Martin’s dunk. Byers went back in front at the 1:24 mark on Justin Owens’ three. The Cardinals led 25-21 after the first period.
Potts Camp’s biggest lead of the second quarter came on Sims’ three-point play the old fashioned way with five second lefts. The Cardinals led 54-45.
The Cardinals scored the first two buckets of the second half, and at the 1:06 mark of the third quarter, they led 74-57, their biggest lead of the night.
But the Lions scratched back – largely behind the play of sparkplug Jarvis Ware. He had a breakaway bucket and then sank some free throws to cut the deficit to 75-73 with 5:20 to go in the game.
But another dunk from Martin and a basket by Sims put Potts Camp back in control at 83-74 with 4:14 left.
Martin added 25 points and 15 rebounds for the Cardinals, who improved to 4-1. Tyrone Hampton scored 20 and Korbin Smith 10.
For Byers, which fell to 0-2 to start the season, Marvin Rayford gunned in a team-best 26. Ware had 21 and Fred Jones 10.
“We wanted to try and get the ball inside, and we were successful with that,” Coach Smith said. “Byers is well-coached and very athletic. It was a big win for us.”
Lady Lions-Lady Cardinals
The tide turned in the girls’ game in the last two minutes of the first half. After Potts Camp rallied for a 29-28 lead, Byers went on a 12-1 run to lead 40-30 at the half. They rolled in the second half, winning 81-59.
The Lady Lions are ranked second in the state in Class 2A by The Clarion-Ledger newspaper in Jackson.
“We believe in our pressure,” coach Jason Thompson said after the victory. “Conditioning is the key. I play a lot of players. Tonight was no different. It boiled down to our defense wearing them down.”
That full-court pressure forced turnover after turnover resulting in basket after basket.
“Byers played well,” said Potts Camp coach Tana Miller, “and we played poorly. They have a lot of quickness and really put the pressure on you. They’re tough.”
Point guard Rachel Jones gunned in a game-high 30 points for Byers, which improved to 2-0.
“She had a great game,” Coach Thompson said.
Simone Ryan followed with 20.
For Potts Camp, Jasmine Harmon and Samantha Nance scored 15 each. Kenyotta Jenkins had 12. The Lady Cardinals dropped to 2-3.
H.W. Byers vs. Ashland
H.W. Byers basketball teams also split at Ashland October 30 in their season-openers.
Five Lady Lions did all the scoring in their 72-48 win.
Jones led the way with 17. Ciara Seldon and Ryan had 16 each, followed by Symone Gorman with 12 and Marian Parker with 11.
“We played sloppy,” Thompson said.
For Ashland, Sandricka Bowen had 14, Kiana Jones 12 and Rochelle Strickland 10.
The Byers boys fell 84-82 to Ashland in overtime. The scored was knotted at 73 at the end of regulation.
Rayford tossed in 22 points in the loss and Owens had 20. Others in double figures were Jones with 14 and Demarious Scott with 13.
Leading the victorious Blue Devils were Jamon Perdue with 23 and Silas Fifer with 21. Quenton Williams had 15.
Myrtle teams invaded Potts Camp October 30 and left with two wins – one by five points and the other by 29.
The Potts Camp girls led 25-23 at the half but couldn’t on. Myrtle used a 22-14 run in the fourth quarter to win 62-57.
Hitting in double figures for the Lady Cardinals were Jenkins with 17, Shanekqua Johnson with 15 and Harmon with 13.
The Potts Camp boys, ranked fourth in the first poll of the season by The Clarion-Ledger, hung with the top-ranked Myrtle squad early. But the visitors outscored the Cardinals 29-15 in the second quarter and 27-11 in the fourth for a 95-66 win.
Hampton and Martin led the Cardinals with 20 each. Sims added 12.
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