Thursday, Decemeber 10, 2009
Potts Camp claims trophies
By BARRY BURLESON
Potts Camp basketball teams left Walnut Saturday night carrying first-place trophies.
Both the Cardinals and Lady Cardinals won championships in the Walnut Tournament.
It took a huge shot from JaVaughn Jones to claim the gold for the Potts Camp boys. He hit a three with three seconds left to provide the 77-76 margin over Ashland.
“I feel we’re getting better every game,” said coach Matt Horton, whose squad improved to 5-4 with its fourth straight win. “We just need to keep building on what we’re doing. We’re definitely playing better.”
The game was tied at the half. But the Devils went on a 23-16 run in the third, and the Cards had to rally.
“We outscored them 24-16 in the fourth,” Horton said.
LaDarrius Beard was the top gun for the Cards with 26. Johnathan Falkner and Jamarquis Foster had 13 and 12, respectively.
For Ashland, Daruis Dukes poured in 27, while Silas Fifer added 14.
The Potts Camp boys reached the title contest with wins over Blue Mountain and Walnut.
The Cardinals used a strong fourth quarter to drop Blue Mountain 80-59 on December 7.
Potts Camp led 59-53 after three periods and then went on a 21-6 run to close out the game.
Scoring in double figures were Beard with 21, Falkner with 20 and Allen Robinson with 17.
The Cardinals then scorched host Walnut 94-45 on Thursday night. They led 31-11 after the first period.
Beard was again the high-point man with 21. Other leading point producers were Antonio Love with 16, Foster with 15 and Falkner with 12.
Coach Tana Miller’s Potts Camp girls improved to 8-0 with wins over Blue Mountain and Walnut in the tournament.
Five Lady Cardinals scored in double digits as they routed Blue Mountain 81-55 December 7.
Leading the way were Ieshia Stinson 16, Lamonica Ingram with 14, Kenyotta Jenkins and Samantha Stinson with 12 each and Ashton Gandy with 10.
Potts Camp pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring the opponent 32-16.
The Lady Cards then knocked off host Walnut 59-48 Saturday night to take the tourney crown.
They built a 32-25 halftime lead.
Jenkins was the top scorer with 18. Zana Davis followed with 13. Tenesha Woods scored 12.
Potts Camp teams visit Marshall Academy this Saturday night. Next Monday, Dec. 14, they host Blue Mountain.
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