Thursday, December 11, 2008
Lady Hawks, Lions, Lady Devils, Hawks win Thursday
By CLAUDE VINSON
The fifth installment of the Bi-County Tournament got underway on December 4 at the Asland High School gym. The opening game at 4 p.m. was a 7-5 record versus a 3-6 record and a 1A team versus a 3A team, same county.
Head coach Tana Miller of the Potts Camp Lady Cardinals stated before the game that her players were starting to show some settling and improvements.
“We had a pretty rough October,” she said. “We begin divisional play in a few days and we have to be ready.”
Coach Wilbert Beard’s Lady Hawks (3-6) drew first blood. However, the scoring was close until Samantha Stinson nailed a trey just before the horn to give the Lady Cards a 15-11 lead.
The Lady Cardinals were getting the better defensive positions and claiming rebounds. Potts Camp began to put some distance between itself and Holly High. But Tamekico Johnson caught fire and pulled the Lady Hawks even at 34 at the intermission.
Potts Camp built another quick lead in the third but Holly High cut it in half. After that, Holly High took the lead for the first time since the opening quarter and mounted a comeback. Led by Johnson’s 28 points, they increased their lead to 10 with five minutes left in the final frame.
Potts Camp never regained the momentum which they had earlier and went down 56-47.
Stinson paced Potts Camp with 14, followed by Kenyotta Jenkins with nine.
Johnson led the floor with 28 while teammate JaShanta Walker struck for 14.
Byers, Potts Camp battle
The second game was another intracounty contest – coach Brian Smith’s Potts Camp Cardinals versus coach Sylvester Kilgore’s H.W. Byers Lions.
Potts Camp (5-9) came out with the quick lead. Scoring was slow but the action wasn’t. Both teams were using tightly-woven defensive formations. The Lions (3-5) won the first quarter 17-16.
The halftime score was 42-31.
The Cardinals bounced back with determination in the third. They tied it up on a long three by Johnathan Falkner. He came back to close out the third with a deuce at the buzzer. That tied it again at 52-all.
As the arena began to fill up in the fourth so did the intensity. It was a good, hard-fought contest with the Lions getting the biggest share at 76-70.
Tedarian Bryson hit 20 for the Lions. Demarius Scott hit 12, and Mitchell Wilson hit eight.
Potts Camp had four players in double figures – LaDarrius Beard struck for 16; Korbin Smith put up 14; Jeremy Siggers hit 12; and Falkner hit 11.
Lady Devils vs. Lady Rebels
The third game of the day was Benton versus Benton. Ashland and Hickory Flat played like two teams who were well familiar with each other. They knew exactly when to turn it up and tone it done. The Lady Devils eked out a 16-12 lead in the first quarter. The Rebel bench earned a “tech” early in the second. They fell behind by 16 points when the half ended.
Both of these teams were well prepared. The Lady Devils had the better shot accuracy, with Sandricka Bowen sinking four treys in the first half. There was plenty of flash, coupled with motion, throughout the third and Hickory Flat pulled to within four points at 36-32.
The game reached the 212 degree Fahrenheit level in the fourth. The scramble for points was in full glow. Everyone was willing to put a body on the floor. Ashland put a real rush on the last two minutes and opened up an eight-point lead and took the victory 47-40.
Bowen shot 20 for the winners. She was backed by Tonya Abram with 10. Hickory Flat’s high pointer was Shalonda Reynolds with 14; next was Kayla Kolivas with nine.
Holly High defeats Ashland
The Hawks and Devils had wrap-up chores on opening day. There was plenty of movement in the first quarter but scoring was light. The Hawks managed a one-point lead at 12-11. Neither team was showing any patience. Holly High was using a decisive height advantage against Blue Devil quickness. The Hawks were still leading at intermission, 28-20.
In the third quarter, Shermaine Jones was using the base line to pick up points while Ryan Wilkins, Timothy Oliver and Darius Dowdy were using the long ball to make a real difference in the point spread. Their efforts moved the score to 45-33 at the end of three.
Subbing from both teams was liberal. Holly High’s scoring was steady and they went on to a 65-46 win.
Leading the way for the Hawks were Jones and Oliver with 13 each, while Dowdy and Wilkins shot 12 apiece.
Ted Parker led the Devils with 13, and Darius Dukes followed with nine.
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