Thursday, January 22, 2009
Cardinals go to 3-0 in district
By BARRY BURLESON
One statistic jumped out at coach Brian Smith when talking about his Potts Camp Cardinals’ eighth straight victory.
The Cards had just four turnovers in a big 71-61 district win over Ashland Friday night at home.
“Our guard play was superb,” he said. “Johnathan Falkner and Korbin Smith did a great job of handling the ball.”
Those two were the only Potts Camp players to stay on the floor the entire game. Falkner was the game’s top point producer with 31, and he also had seven steals and three assists.
The Cardinals upped their overall mark to 13-10 but more importantly their district record to 3-0.
Two more big ones were on tap this week – Tuesday at Hickory Flat and Friday at home versus Coldwater.
“We have some interesting games coming up,” Smith said. “Those this week will tell the tale.”
Potts Camp trailed Ashland 19-15 following one period Friday, but rallied to go up by two, 35-33, at the intermission. The Cards then went on an 18-11 run in the third and hung on in the fourth.
“We made some big plays down the stretch,” Smith said. “We had a tough call go against us on a charge, and then came back and ran off six straight points.”
Lavonte Richmond added 16 points and eight rebounds. Jeremy Siggers had 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Terry Crane grabbed 10 rebounds and Smith had six boards.
Top scorers for coach Jessie Terry’s Devils were Jeremy Williams with 22 and Darius Dukes with 17.
Coach Smith said his team’s man-to-man defense was another key to the win. He said Siggers has become his “stopper.”
“If someone gets hot for the other team, he does a good job of taking them out of their rhythm,” Coach Smith said.
He likes his Cards’ teamwork.
“My guys are playing well together,” he said. “There’s great chemistry – no selfish play. It seems every night somebody different is stepping up. Five players are averaging in double figures.”
Smith also thanked the Potts Camp fans for their support.
“We had a great crowd Friday, one of the best in a while,” he said.
The Potts Camp girls suffered from cold shooting and fell 55-50 to Ashland.
“We can’t win shooting 26 percent from the field,” coach Tana Miller said. “We had opportunities, but we couldn’t make it happen offensively.”
Kenyotta Jenkins scored 16.
Leading the Lady Blue Devils were Kiana Jones with 19, Trenise Hampton with 15 and Sandricka Bowen with 12.
Potts Camp led 13-12 following one quarter. Ashland was on top 23-19 at the half and stretched that lead to 39-30 after three periods. A Potts Camp rally try came up short in the fourth.
The Lady Cardinals saw their overall mark fall to 13-8, and they suffered their first district setback, going to 2-1.
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