Thursday, December 25, 2008
Cardinals’ win streak goes to five before break
By BARRY BURLESON
Potts Camp basketball teams wrapped up early Christmas presents Friday night.
The Cardinals won an overtime thriller at East Union, and the Lady Cardinals escaped with a four-point victory.
The boys go to the holiday recess at 10-10, while the girls stand at 11-7.
“I like the way this team is coming together,” coach Brian Smith said about his Cardinals, “and to handle adversity on the road like we did Friday night, that’s a good sign. Of course, the real season starts in January (district race).”
Johnathan Falkner’s 25-point performance led the Potts Camp boys to the 72-68 win over the Urchins – their fifth straight victory. He also had six steals and four assists, and perhaps even more importantly, he delivered when it counted most. The Cards outscored East Union 8-4 in the extra period.
“We put the ball in his hands, and he closed the deal down the stretch,” Smith said.
Jeremy Siggers added 18 points, 14 rebounds and three steals. Lavonte Richmond contributed nine points and six rebounds.
East Union led 28-14 at the half, but rallied to tie the game at 54 following three periods. Each team scored 20 in the fourth to send the game to overtime knotted at 64.
The Urchins scored with two seconds left to the send the game to OT.
“It was a barnburner – back and forth all night,” Coach Smith said. “I’m proud of the way my guys hung in there. It was a good win on the road. East Union has gotten a lot better.”
Coach Tana Miller said her Lady Cardinals didn’t play well but survived. They turned back East Union 65-61.
“It’s nice to start the break with a win,” she said. “We’ll take it, but we’ve got a lot of work to do.”
The Potts Camp girls led 26-22 at the half and seemed in control after three quarters, up 47-36.
“We got out-rebounded, and we turned the ball over too many times,” Miller said. “We just couldn’t get things going, but we still won.”
Four Lady Cardinals scored in double figures – Queen Dean with 16, Kenyotta Jenkins with 12 and Lamonica Ingram and Nieshia Stinson with 11 each.
Potts Camp teams will return to action Tuesday night, Jan. 6, when they host Class 4A Lafayette County.
Games originally scheduled for last week versus Ashland were postponed due to the weather. They have been rescheduled for late January.
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