Thursday, November 22, 2007
Lady Cardinals put up fight in two-point loss to 4A Oxford
By BARRY BURLESON
The turnover bug bit the Potts Camp boys in their game with Class 4A power Oxford Thursday night.
Meanwhile, the Class 1A Lady Cardinals almost pulled off the big upset before losing by two to the Lady Chargers.
The Cardinals committed 35 turnovers against Oxford’s relentless pressure and lost 94-72.
“It was a tough night,” said coach Brian Smith, whose team moved to 6-3 at the Thanksgiving break. “Turnovers killed us. Half of them resulted in layups for Oxford at the other end.”
Early on, the Chargers got two dunks as a result of the pressure and led 12-4. The visitors were up 21-15 after one quarter.
That lead stretched to 14 points with 3:10 to go in the second quarter on Oxford’s back-to-back threes.
The lead was still 14, 47-33, at the half and the second half was all Chargers.
Josh Martin was the bright spot for the Cardinals. He poured in a game-high 38 points. Chris Sims scored 18.
“It’s better to play someone like Oxford and get better,” Coach Smith said. “It’s a good learning experience – something we can build on.”
Lady Cards-Lady Chargers
Coach Tana Miller liked the fight in her team. The Potts Camp girls came oh-so-close to stunning Oxford. They lost 65-63 and saw their Thanksgiving break record go to 5-5.
“I thought we played well,” Miller said. “We came out fighting and wouldn’t give up. Oxford got a lead on us, but we fought hard, and I’m proud of that. That’s a 4A school.”
The Lady Chargers’ full-court pressure hurt Potts Camp early. But the Lady Cardinals only trailed 18-14 after one period.
Jasmine Harmon nailed the first of her four three-pointers on the night early in the second and the Lady Cards were down by just one.
They fell behind by as many as 11 but battled back to a 38-33 deficit at the half.
The second half was tight. Potts Camp took its first lead at 42-40 on Kenyotta Jenkins’ putback. Harmon’s back-to-back threes gave Potts Camp a 52-47 lead at the end of the third period.
Oxford went back in front at the 5:18 mark of the fourth, and held on from there. The Lady Cardinals had a couple of shots at victory in the last five seconds.
Jenkins scored 21 and “had a big night rebounding,” said Coach Miller. Harmon scored 15 and “did an excellent job of outside shooting.” Shenekqua Johnson and Samantha Nance added 14 and 10, respectively.
Also last week, Potts Camp teams split road games at Houlka – the boys winning 74-64 and the girls losing 58-55.
Tyrone Hampton’s 28-point performance led the Cardinals. Martin followed with 23, and Sims scored 15.
The Cards led 34-31 at the half. They outscored Houlka 24-17 in the fourth.
Point guard Johnathan Falkner was out sick. Corey Totten stepped in and played well.
“It’s the first time he’s ever played a whole game,” Coach Smith said. “He did a good job of ball-handling and getting the ball where it needed to go.”
The Lady Cardinals built a 34-26 lead but couldn’t hang on. Houlka outscored Potts Camp 20-11 in the fourth.
Top scorers for Potts Camp were Harmon with 19, Johnson with 13 and Jenkins with 10.
The Cardinals and Lady Cardinals visit Lewisburg next Tuesday, Nov. 27. They play in the Bi-County Tournament Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Holly High.
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