Thursday, February 21, 2008
Lady Cards second in region
By BARRY BURLESON
A pair of five-point wins over Benton County rivals pushed the Potts Camp Lady Cardinals into the Region 3-1A championship game.
Coach Tana Miller’s team held on to down Ashland 72-67 Monday of last week and rode a 40-point performance from Kenyotta Jenkins to a 58-53 win over Hickory Flat in the semi-finals Thursday.
But next up was top-ranked, unbeaten Coldwater and a 77-43 loss.
The Potts Camp girls entered North State play this week with a 15-14 season record.
Lady Cards vs. Lady Devils
The Lady Cardinals built a 21-2 lead early in the second quarter, largely due to the red-hot shooting of Jasmine Harmon.
But coach Jessie Terry’s Ashland squad did not roll over and play dead. They turned up the heat, created turnovers and cut the deficit to 33-30 at the half.
It stayed tight the rest of the way. The Lady Devils tied it at 49 with 6:34 left in the game but could never take the lead.
Jenkins and Shanekqua Johnson nailed two free throws each with less than 15 seconds to go in the game to secure the win.
“Ashland played hard,” Coach Miller said. “We double-teamed Sandricka Bowen, trying to shut her down, and they had some other girls step up.
“We held on, and I was proud of my girls.”
Jenkins poured in 28 points. She was 12 of 16 from the charity stripe. Harmon added 22.
For Ashland, Bowen scored 25, Gracey Morgan 20 and Ieshia Golden 12.
Lady Cards vs. Lady Rebels
The dominance of Jenkins was the story of this night. She scored all but 18 of her team’s points in the semi-final win over neighboring Hickory Flat.
“Kenyotta really stepped up when we needed it,” Coach Miller said.
Potts Camp led 24-18 at the half.
“It was really a hard-fought game,” Miller said. “We knew it would be tough. We have so many talented teams in our division who are so close together.”
Lady Cards vs. Coldwater
The Lady Cougars flexed their muscles early, going ahead 23-9 after one quarter and never looking back. Potts Camp fell by 34 points to last year’s Class 2A state champs which dropped down to Class A this year.
“They’re just an awesome ball team,” Miller said.
Samantha Stinson was the only Lady Cardinal in double digits. She scored 12.
Four Lady Cougars scored in double figures.
Finishing third and fourth, respectively, in the Region 3-1A girls tournament were Myrtle and Hickory Flat.
The Potts Camp girls hosted Shelby Broad Street Monday night of this week to tip off North State competition. With a win, they move on to the North’s final eight this Friday-Sunday at a designated location.
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