Thursday, January 29, 2009
Lady Cardinals down rival Rebels
By BARRY BURLESON
Rivals Potts Camp and Hickory Flat, just a few miles apart on Highway 78, collided January 20 in a pair of games that were as close as anticipated.
Each was a three-point difference, the Lady Cardinals winning 48-45 and the Rebels grabbing a 64-61 victory.
To put it simply, coach Tana Miller said, “Any division win is a good win.”
Her Potts Camp girls led 25-21 at the half, fell behind 33-32 after three periods and then rallied for the win.
“We knew it would be tough there,” she said. “Offensively, we didn’t play our best. Kenyotta (Jenkins) needed some scoring help, and no one else stepped up.”
Jenkins scored 19 for the Lady Cards.
Leading Hickory Flat was Shelby Teel with 16.
Coach Brian Smith said it was “just one of the nights that it wasn’t meant to be.” The Rebels outscored his squad 19-9 in the fourth quarter.
“We had a bad stretch in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter,” said Smith, whose team had won eight in a row heading to Hickory Flat. “If we could have just gotten a rebound at one point in the game, it would probably have been over.”
Two Cardinals, Johnathan Falkner and Korbin Smith, fouled out. Potts Camp shot 10 free throws to the Rebels’ 25, he said.
Lavonte Richmond poured in 27 for the Cardinals. Falkner and Jeremy Siggers added nine each.
Caleb Van Tassell had a game-high 27 for Hickory Flat. Zavion Adams and Tyler Reed contributed 11 and 10, respectively.
“Van Tassell hurt us,” Smith said. “He only had two points in the first quarter, but after that he did a good job of getting open.”
Potts Camp vs. Coldwater
Both Potts Camp teams took it on the chin Friday night when talented Coldwater teams visited.
The Cardinals lost 75-54 to “the team to beat in the district,” Smith said.
Coldwater’s lead was 19-10 after one quarter and 39-23 at the half.
“We missed nine shots in the first half within two or three feet of the goal,” he said. “Those are shots we normally hit. Of course, their height and size had a lot to do with it.
“Coldwater is good - extremely athletic and a senior-laden team. You have to convert those chances.”
Falkner gunned in 19 points for Potts Camp. Terry Crane added nine and Chad Randolph eight.
“Chad played extremely hard,” Coach Smith said.
The Cardinals’ record went to 13-12 overall and 3-2 in the district.
The Potts Camp girls suffered a 66-48 setback to the defending Class 1A state champions.
“They’re good - very good,” Coach Miller said. “They’re so quick. Their fast break is unbelievable.”
The Lady Cardinals fell behind 22-10 after one quarter.
Samantha Stinson tossed in 15 for Potts Camp. Jenkins followed with 12.
“Samantha played a good game,” Miller said. “She played her heart out. It’s the best game she’s had since she hurt her knee in October.”
The Lady Cardinals went to 14-9 overall and 3-2 in the district.
Potts Camp teams hosted Myrtle on Tuesday of this week to wrap up the regular season district slate. They go to Lafayette County next Tuesday, Feb. 3.
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