January 31, 2008
Lady Cards win thriller vs. Lady Rebs
By BARRY BURLESON
It was the type game to be expected when two rivals meet - decided by just two points.
The Potts Camp Lady Cardinals rallied Tuesday night, Jan. 22, at home for a 63-61 win over district foe Hickory Flat.
Kenyotta Jenkins led the way with 25 points, including the game-winning rebound put-back with about 12 seconds left.
Potts Camp led 13-6 after one quarter, then trailed 27-25 at the half. They were down 48-38 after three periods.
“We got a little lead early and then we quit playing,” coach Tana Miller said. “Hickory Flat really got after us. We were down in the second half but fought back. It was a big win.”
She said Jasmine Harmon sparked the rally with a couple of threes. Also, Shanekqua Johnson and Lamonica Ingram made two quick steals which they turned into points.
“That got us going again,” Miller said.
Harmon and Johnson each contributed 14 points in the win, which moved the team to 3-1 in district play.
Five players scored in double figures for Hickory Flat - Hannah Wilkerson with 18, Beth Allen with 12, Kortney Tucker with 11 and Laura Beth Goolsby and Laken Cook with 10 each.
The Potts Camp boys trailed Hickory Flat by just six after three quarters but it was all downhill from there. They lost 67-52.
“Bad execution and missed free throws hurt us down the stretch,” coach Brian Smith said.
Chris Sims scored 16 in the loss, which dropped Potts Camp to 2-2 in district play.
Leading the Rebels were Richard Van Tassell with 23 and Caleb Van Tassell with 12.
Potts Camp vs. New Site
Potts Camp teams lost to New Site Saturday in the Saltillo Classic.
The Lady Cardinals fell 61-44.
“Nobody came ready to play,” Coach Miller said.
Potts Camp scored just four points in the second quarter and fell behind 30-19 at the half.
“We couldn’t defend their outside shooting,” she said.
Top point producers for the Lady Cardinals (12-10 on the season) were Jenkins with 15 and Harmon with 10.
Coach Smith called it a “frustrating game” when his Cardinals lost 85-62 to New Site.
“We had more breakdowns on execution, and our shooting percentage is not where it needs to be,” he said.
Potts Camp actually led 22-17 after one quarter but then got outscored 23-10 in the second period and 24-13 in the third.
Sims connected for 16 points. Jeremy Siggers and Lavonte Richmond added 14 and 13, respectively.
“We’re still working hard,” Smith said about his young, 10-13 team. “We’re just going through some growing pains.”
The Cardinals and Lady Cardinals visited district opponent Myrtle Tuesday. They host Byhalia Thursday. Then they travel to Coldwater for a district game Friday night (rescheduled from January 25). The scheduled non-district, home games versus Houlka, originally slate for this Friday, have been cancelled.
“It’s a busy week and a big week,” Coach Miller said.
Next Tuesday night, Feb. 5, Potts Camp teams visit Holly Springs.
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