Thursday, March 1, 2007
Potts Camp teams suffer road losses
By BARRY BURLESON
Both Potts Camp basketball teams had not-so-pleasant trips to the Delta in the first round of the Class 3A North Basketball Tournament.
The Lady Cardinals lost a heart-breaking, 43-40 decision to Simmons on Monday night, Feb. 19. The Cardinals fell 87-73 to Leflore County the following night. Both were ousted from postseason play.
Casaundra Hendricks hit a three with 1:10 to go to tie the game but Potts Camp could not pull out the victory.
“The next three whistles went against us,” coach Kevin Harris said. “Their last five points came from the free-throw line, and we couldn’t overcome it.”
For the game, Simmons shot 34 free throws to the Lady Cardinals’ six. Potts Camp was whistled for 25 fouls to Simmons’ eight.
“We never went into a one-and-one, and they pressed us,” Harris said.
Shanekqua Johnson fouled out. Four players – Kenyotta Jenkins, Samantha Nance, Barneka Lewis and Jasmine Harmon – all finished with four fouls each.
“We just hit one shot outside the paint,” Harris said. “We couldn’t buy an outside shot. Our outside shooting deserted us the last three games.
“But I’m proud of the girls. We were down nine early in the fourth and came back to tie it.
“Defensively, we played great – well enough to win.”
Jenkins had a game-high 16 points. Harmon and Nance had seven each.
The Lady Cardinals finished 16-17 for the season.
The Potts Camp boys fell behind Leflore County early Tuesday, Feb. 20, and couldn’t make up the difference, losing by 14 points.
The home team led 20-12 after one period, 44-26 at the half and 65-44 following three periods. The Cardinals tried to battle back in the fourth, outscoring Leflore County 29-22, but it wasn’t enough.
Four Potts Camp players hit for double digits – Justin Smith and Josh Martin with 19 points, Jacobye Davis with 17 and Shawn Collins 15.
The Cardinals, in coach Brian Smith’s first season at the school, finished 21-13.
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