Thursday, November 13, 2008
Indians sweep Cards
By BARRY BURLESON
Potts Camp hosted intracounty rival Byhalia Friday night and the visitors drove back west on Highway 78 with two wins.
The Class A Lady Cardinals got 34 points from Kenyotta Jenkins, but it wasn’t enough. The Class 3A Lady Indians staged a second-half rally to win 52-48.
Potts Camp led 20-9 after one quarter and 33-28 at the break. But coach Summer Pannell’s Byhalia girls went on a 24-15 run in the second half.
Erica Bougard and Megan Rayford scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the winners.
“We played well in the first half,” said Tana Miller, head coach of the Lady Cardinals. “But we got in foul trouble and had too many turnovers.”
Coach Brian Smith said his Potts Camp boys ran into a buzz saw. Courtney Warren’s 21 points led Byhalia to the 88-48 victory.
“They (the Indians) will make a lot of noise in 3A North,” Smith said. “They’re deep, really quick and athletic. He (coach Michael Neal) can substitute in and out and there’s not a lot of difference in the first eight or nine.”
Others in double digits for the Indians were Mario Parker with 12 and Joshua Rodgers and Kenyatta Jones with 10 each.
Johnathan Falkner’s 13 led the Cardinals. He scored 12 of those in the fourth quarter, including three three-point shots. LaDarrius Beard added nine.
“We have to take care of the ball better and shoot better,” Smith said. “We had 23 turnovers, shot 25 percent from two-point range and 17 percent from three-point range.”
On a positive, he said, Potts Camp (2-7) shot 70 percent from the free-throw stripe.
Byhalia was in command, 41-21 at the half.
Potts Camp-Hickory Flat
Earlier last week, Potts Camp squads split with Hickory Flat.
The Lady Cardinals had no trouble, cruising to the 77-21 win.
Jenkins poured in 23 points. She was followed by Nieshia Stinson with 14 and Keshauna Payton with 12. Potts Camp was up 20-4 after one quarter and 41-12 at the half.
The Cardinals gave the Rebels a fight before falling 68-64.
“I’m proud of the way we played,” Coach Smith said. “We just had a bad break here and there.”
Potts Camp led 37-33 at halftime. Hickory Flat then outscored the Cardinals 16-14 in the third and 19-13 in the fourth.
Top point producers for Potts Camp were Korbin Smith with 20, Falkner with 15 and Allen Robinson with 13. Chad Randolph grabbed 14 rebounds.
Caleb Van Tassell’s 20 points powered the winning team. Tyler Reed and Terry Lee added 18 and 13, respectively.
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