Thursday, October 9, 2008
Potts Camp Cardinals, Lady Cards tip off basketball season Monday
By BARRY BURLESON
Non-football-playing schools can begin the basketball season October 13. And that’s when Potts Camp and Ingomar will tip things off.
The Cardinals will host the Falcons with the girls game getting things started at 6 p.m. Monday.
Coach Tana Miller starts her second season at the helm of the Lady Cardinals, and she has three starters returning from last season’s 15-15 team. Back are leading scorer Kenyotta Jenkins, a junior who has already committed to Ole Miss; junior Samantha Stinson and senior Queen Dean.
“Practice is going well,” Coach Miller said. “The girls are working hard and committed. We’re excited about the season.”
The district race will be “interesting,” Miller said, with defending Class 1A champion Coldwater leading the pack. It also includes West Union, Myrtle, Ashland, Strayhorn and Hickory Flat.
Coach Brian Smith said his goal is “trying to get the program re-established” after the Potts Camp boys finished 11-17 last season.
Three seniors will play a key role – Korbin Smith, Jeremy Siggers and Chad Randolph. He will also be relying heavily on juniors Johnathan Falkner, Terry Craine and Corey Totten. Coach Smith is also expecting big contributions from sophomores Javaughn Jones, Kelvin Davis and Allen Robinson.
“We will try to play more people and pick up the pressure defense a lot more,” said Smith, beginning his third season. “We can go eight to 10 deep. Offensively, we will still be up-tempo and push the ball.”
He said he expects his Cardinals to contend in the tough district race.
“It’s wide open,” he said.
Potts Camp will host a round-robin tournament October 16-18.
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