Thursday, February 1, 2007
Cardinals coast to wins
By BARRY BURLESON
The Potts Camp Cardinals outscored their two opponents 168-105 last week and improved their record to 18-8.
They rode the bus a short distance east on Highway 78 Tuesday night and dominated rival Hickory Flat 79-49. One of those eight losses was to the Rebels back on November 2.
“We went to Hickory Flat with a purpose,” said coach Brian Smith. “We owed them one from earlier in the year.”
He said his team’s inside game came up big - Chris Sims in the first half and Justin Smith in the second.
“Hickory Flat didn’t seem to have an answer for them,” Coach Smith said.
Smith poured in 25 points, 11 of those in the third quarter. Sims had 17, 15 of those in the first half. Jacobye Davis was also in double figures with 18.
Potts Camp led 45-22 at the half.
The blowout wins continued Friday night when the Cardinals defeated district foe New Site 89-56 at home. They upped their district mark to 4-1.
“It was really a continuation of how well we played at Hickory Flat,” Coach Smith said. “Our defense is giving opponents fits. We’re playing with a purpose.”
Five Cardinals scored in double digits on this night - Davis and Smith with 22, Shawn Collins with 13, Josh Martin with 12 and Sims with 11.
Potts Camp led 18-10 after one quarter, 43-22 at the half and 73-33 at the end of the third.
“Again, I was able to substitute and give my younger kids some playing time,” he said.
The Potts Camp girls looked about as different as daylight and dark on the court in their two games last week, according to head coach Kevin Harris.
They knocked off rival Hickory Flat 65-57 Tuesday and then lost a crucial district game at home Friday, 62-43 to New Site.
“It hard to believe we played so well Tuesday and then struggled Friday,” he said.
Kenyotta Jenkins was the star of the show as the Lady Cardinals downed the Lady Rebels by eight. She scored 27. Jasmine Harmon added 16.
Potts Camp outscored the home team 25-12 in the second quarter and “looked really dominant at times,” said Harris, whose team led 35-19 at the break.
Hickory Flat outscored the Lady Cardinals 22-16 in the third period, but Barneka Lewis hit a shot from half court to end the quarter and provide some “huge momentum,” Harris said and a 10-point lead going into the fourth.
Both teams battled foul trouble.
Hannah Wilkerson and Kortney Tucker had 14 points each for Hickory Flat.
“We really played better longer in foul trouble than Hickory Flat,” Harris said. “I’m proud of my kids. I could not ask for anything more from them.
“Hickory Flat has a good program. They’ve made a lot of strides. The came back and made it a heck of a game.”
Poor shooting spelled doom with New Site visited Potts Camp Friday night. The Lady Cardinals lost by 19.
“The loss hurt,” Harris said, “but maybe down the road (district tournament time), it won’t be as bad. It could work to our benefit.”
The Lady Cardinals trailed 26-13 at the half. New Site outscored them 16-3 in the second quarter.
“We were struggling the whole first half to make open shots,” he said. “We got very frustrated and that carried over to the defensive end.”
New Site nailed down the win by going 10 of 12 from the free-throw stripe in the fourth quarter.
Potts Camp dropped to 14-11 overall and 2-3 in the district.
“We had to foul, and the margin grew,” Harris said. “They’re very good from the line and they closed the door.”
Top scorers for Potts Camp were Harmon with 17 and Jenkins with 13.
Four different New Site players hit threes.
“They’re a team that can potentially give anybody fits,” Harris said.
Potts Camp teams hosted Marshall County rival H.W. Byers Tuesday in important district contests. On the boys’ side, both the Cardinals and Lady Lions are battling for the top seeding in the upcoming district tournament. The Byers Lady Lions entered unbeaten in district play.
Friday night, Potts Camp squads go to Houlka. Next Tuesday, Feb. 6, they go to Myrtle.
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