Thursday, February 8, 2007
Lady Lions, Lions defeat county rival Potts Camp
By CLAUDE VINSON
The rival Potts Camp Lady Cardinals and the H.W. Byers Lady Lions tangled again on January 30 on the Cardinals’ home court.
The tip went to the Lady Cardinals. After that the pendulum swung over to the Lady Lions and never really swung back. However, both teams seemed to carry the importance of this game on every pass and every trip up and down the floor.
The Byers defense concentrated on Kenyotta Jenkins, successfully bottling her up. Jenkins would hit only two points during the game. Lanika Hale gave the visitors a huge first quarter lead by making it 17-4 at the buzzer.
The Lady Cardinals were still flying with clipped wings in the second, managing only nine points while Byers hit 16 for a 33-13 halftime score.
After intermission, the Potts Camp floor combinations still were not producing. Conversely, the Lady Lions were having their way up and down the court. They beat the Lady Cardinals on the press and kept them away from the boards. The score was lopsided, 47-17, at the completion of three.
The hosts could not pick up any steam in the final frame and went down 63-30.
Jasmine Harmon led the Lady Cardinals with 11.
Byers had a balanced scoring attack, with Marian Parker reaching double figures with 17.
Lions top Cards in scorcher
In a game in which there was never a lull in action, the Cardinals and Lions took it right down to the wire.
Potts Camp got off to an 8-0 run, but then the Lions got unglued and started attacking. They caught up and took the lead by two points by the time the buzzer signaled the end of the first quarter, 18-16.
Both teams kept pouring it on, concentrating heavily on defense. Over the course of this one, the lead changed nine times and there were six ties. The score was knotted at intermission at 36-36.
The third quarter saw a great pick up in intensity (if that was possible), with the Cardinals getting the best of it at 63-54 to end the third.
Down by as many as 10 points in the third and fourth quarters, the Lions cut the margin to four with about four minutes left.
If the fans were expecting this one to evolve into a battle royal, they weren’t disappointed.
The Lions made a couple of tactical errors and the Cardinals capitalized on them. Justin Smith had brought the Cardinals back even, but then in the waning seconds, Potts Camp had to foul.
They sent Tristan Kizer to the line twice and Kizer pulled it out for the Lions by one point at 70-69.
Both of these teams appear destined for a trip down the “Big Road” to the “Big House.”
Smith led the Cardinals with a game-high 25, followed by Shawn Collins with 15 and Jacobye Davis with 14.
The Lions were paced by Kizer with 20 and Marvin Rayford with 12.
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