Thursday, January 24, 2008
• Marshall County vs. Benton County
Potts Camp teams were saddled with their first district losses of the season Friday night at Ashland.
The Lady Cardinals versus Lady Blue Devils matchup was decided late, with the home team pulling out the 64-63 win.
“We had the lead, but they took it from us,” said coach Tana Miller of Potts Camp.
She said turnovers and poor rebounding were costly, plus her team’s free-throw shooting was “awful.” The Lady Cardinals were six of 17 from the charity stripe in the division contest.
The Potts Camp girls, who led 23-22 at the half, saw their overall mark go to 11-9 and their district record drop to 2-1.
“We needed the win, but couldn’t get it,” Miller said. “There are several teams vying for a good seed in the (district) tournament.”
For Potts Camp, Kenyotta Jenkins led the way with 23 points. Shanekqua Johnson added 19.
Sandricka Bowen poured in a game-high 40 points for Ashland. Kiana Jones had 13.
Ashland’s records improved to 10-15 overall and 1-2 in district play.
The Potts Camp boys trailed by eight points at the half and cut the deficit to one in the third quarter before losing 72-60.
“We had to start fouling in the fourth, and they made their free throws,” coach Brian Smith said about the 12-point loss. “We were a little short-handed (due to sickness). I only dressed 10. I have a lot of young guys. They played hard.”
He said what “really hurt” was his Cardinals’ dismal 11-of-26 showing from the free-throw line.
Chris Sims, who played despite not feeling well, contributed 15 points and eight rebounds. Javaughn Jones scored 13, 12 of those coming on four three-pointers, and Korbin Smith had 12.
The Cardinals dropped to 10-11 overall and 2-1 in the district.
Leading the Blue Devils to victory were Quenton Williams with 19 points, Greg Hunt with 12 and Silas Fifer with 10. They improved to 12-12 on the season.
Potts Camp teams were slated to host another Benton County rival, Hickory Flat, on Tuesday of this week for crucial district games. Friday, they visit district foe Coldwater. Saturday, they will participate in the Saltillo Classic with both the Lady Cardinals and Cardinals facing New Site at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively. Next Tuesday, Jan. 29, they invade Myrtle to wrap up regular season division play.
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