Thursday, February 15, 2007
Potts Camp sweeps Lewisburg
By BARRY BURLESON
Potts Camp went into this week’s Region 1-2A Tournament on a high note.
They took two from Lewisburg Friday night at home to finish the regular season - the girls winning 78-43 and the boys snatching a 86-65 victory.
Kenyotta Jenkins had a game-high 25 points. Jasmine Harmon and Samantha Nance followed with 15 and 12, respectively.
The dominating Lady Cardinals were up 42-20 at halftime.
In the boys’ game, Jacobye Davis and Justin Smith combined for 50 - Davis with 26 points and Smith with 24. Josh Martin and Shawn Collins added 16 and 15, respectively.
The Cardinals actually trailed 40-31 at the half but turned it up a notch in the second half. They outscored Lewisburg 26-10 in the third quarter and 29-15 in the fourth to record the 21-point win.
Earlier last week, on Tuesday, Potts Camp teams lost two at Myrtle.
The Lady Cardinals fell 75-61. Jenkins scored 20 in the loss. Harmon and Nance had 15 and 12, respectively.
The first quarter proved costly for the Potts Camp girls. They fell behind 27-15.
The Cardinals dropped a 79-60 decision at Myrtle. Davis poured in 25 points in the setback. Smith followed with 13.
Myrtle outscored the Potts Camp boys in every quarter - the biggest margins being 26-18 in the second and 23-15 in the fourth.
Starter Chris Sims broke a finger in the game and will miss the remainder of the season.
“Everything that could go wrong went wrong at Myrtle,” head coach Brian Smith said.
The fifth-seeded Lady Cardinals, 15-14 on the season, opened district tournament play Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. against Baldwyn. With a win, they face top-seeded H.W. Byers Thursday at 7 p.m. in the semi-finals. With a loss, their season is over.
“We’re looking forward to the tournament,” head coach Kevin Harris said. “We have to defend better as a team. We’ve had some rough patches this season due to inexperience, but I’m proud of the way the girls have hung together. I’m upbeat. It’s a fun time of year.”
The girls’ consolation game and title contest are Friday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively. The top four teams move on to North State action next week.
The third-seeded Cardinals, 19-11 on the season, tipped off tournament competition Monday at 5:30 p.m. versus New Site. With a win, they play the Ashland-East Union survivor Thursday at 4 p.m. in the semi-finals. With a loss, their season is over.
“It’s March Madness, only we have ours in February,” Coach Smith said. “This time of year, anything can happen. Our goal is to win the championship. We’ve beaten everyone in the district this season, so we know we can do it. We’re going to take a business-like approach.”
The boys’ consolation game and championship contest are set for Friday at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., respectively. The top four teams advance to the North State Tournament next week.
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