Thursday, January 15, 2009
Cards win seventh straight
By BARRY BURLESON
The Potts Camp Cardinals started the season’s second half the same way they finished the first – winning.
Coach Brian Smith’s team won their sixth and seventh straight games last week – 60-56 over Lafayette and 66-57 over Strayhorn. They improved their record to 12-10.
“Things are going good,” he said. “We’re flying high right now.” The Lady Cardinals knocked off Lafayette and Strayhorn, too, to up their season mark 13-7.
Potts Camp boys
The second quarter was the difference Tuesday, Jan. 6, at home. Class 1A Potts Camp outscored Class 4A Lafayette 12-2 in that period and went on to win by four.
“It was a big win,” Smith said. “We played very well in the second quarter and let up some in the fourth. We let them back in it. Free throws down the stretch put the game away.”
Johnathan Falkner had 21 points, six steals and four assists to lead the Cards. Lavonte Richmond contributed 18 points and eight rebounds. Jeremy Siggers had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
“It was a good game for us to play – playing up in classification a few notches,” Coach Smith said. “It will get us ready for district.”
Richmond scorched the nets for 28 points and had 11 rebounds Friday night as the Cardinals invaded Strayhorn and departed with the nine-point victory.
“Lavonte had a big night,” Coach Smith said.
He said he will likely be listed as a top performer by The Clarion- Ledger this week with 46 points and 19 rebounds in two games last week.
Also hitting in double digits were Falkner with 19 and LaDarius Beard with 10. Falkner added five steals and four assists. Siggers had eight rebounds and four steals and “pretty much shut down their best player in the fourth,” Smith said. Terry Crane handed out six assists, which the coach said is unusual for a big man but he “found Lavonte a lot under the basket.” Crane also had seven rebounds.
The Potts Camp boys (2-0 in the district) trailed 15-13 at the end of the first quarter. But they turned things around in the second period - outscoring the home team 28-10 and taking a commanding 41-25 halftime lead.
Coach Tana Miller’s team enjoyed an offensive outburst to open the post-holiday portion of their schedule. They downed Lafayette 80-76.
“We’re excited about the victory over a 4A school,” she said. “One of our goals was putting more points on the board, and we did that. But I was not as pleased with allowing 76. But as long as you’re on top, that’s OK.”
She said Queen Dean really “stepped up” her game. She scored 28 points to spark the offense. Kenyotta Jenkins added 22.
“All the girls played well,” Miller said. “We moved the ball well. It was a good start to the second half of the season.”
The Potts Camp girls were up 41-37 at the half.
“Lafayette is very athletic and ran the floor well,” she said. “We had a hard time getting back on defense, but we were able to pull it off.”
Strayhorn kept it close for a quarter Friday night, but the Lady Cardinals used a 20-6 run in the second period and went on to dominate the home team 70-34.
Potts Camp (2-0 in the district) used a balanced offensive attack. Jenkins was the top gun with 19, while Dean, Lamonica Ingram and Nieshia Stinson tossed in 11 each.
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