Thursday, December 17, 2009
By BARRY BURLESON
Potts Camp had Kenyotta Jenkins. Marshall Academy didn’t. And that was the difference Saturday night.
Jenkins scored 35 points, 25 of those in the second half, as the Lady Cardinals beat the Lady Patriots 67-59 in Holly Springs.
“She brought her game tonight,” coach Tana Miller said about her senior star. “She stepped up and took over the game.”
Potts Camp remained unbeaten at 11-0. MA’s overall mark went to 8-7.
The Lady Pats took an 11-8 lead early on Emily Burk’s three and the home team was up 14-13 after one quarter.
Potts Camp picked up the heat on its full-court press in the second quarter. Buckets from Nieshia Stinson, Lamonica Ingram and Tenesha Woods put the Lady Cards up 28-23 at the break.
MA stayed close in the third, thanks to back-to-back threes from Burk and Kelsey Shaw. Woods’ shot at the buzzer put Potts Camp up 47-41.
Jenkins dominated down the stretch. Her basket at the 4:35 mark of the fourth stretched the lead to 57-45, and the Lady Cards went on to win by eight.
“Kenyotta (Jenkins) is a player,” said Craig Dailey, coach at MA. “It’s fun to compete against such an outstanding athlete. I’m looking forward to watching her in college.”
Burk poured in 22 points for Marshall. Shaw and Emma Elgin added 13 and 11, respectively.
“Emily (Burk) had her best all-around game of the year,” Dailey said. “I’m extremely proud of her leadership in a tough situation versus an extremely tough opponent.”
He also praised the offensive production of Shaw and Elgin and the defensive effort of Chelsey Gilliam versus Jenkins.
The Marshall Academy boys earned the split in the nightcap. They were in control from the start and knocked off Potts Camp 76-51.
“That was my team defensively,” said a happy Dailey. “It was fun to watch. But as the offensive numbers show, we can still score, too. You don’t have to have one or the other. But we will guard people first, from here on out.”
The Patriots went up by six early on Jordan Wyke’s three. Wyke had a game-high 22 points in the game, 17 of those in the first half.
The Pats led 19-14 after one quarter. They stretched the margin to 36-26 at the half on Caleb Byrd’s four-point play. He was fouled when hitting a three and then sank the free throw.
Maurey scored 10 of his 22 points in the third as Marshall stretched the lead to 58-37.
MA coasted in the fourth.
“Jordo (Wyke) hit another gear tonight,” Dailey said. “Taylor (Maurey) was Taylor; he is our floor general.”
He also praised the contributions of Byrd, Jake Omedeo, Chase Ferrell and John Tomlinson in the big win.
LaDarrius Beard led coach Matt Horton’s Potts Camp team with 16 points. Terry Craine added 10.
The Patriots improved to 9-3 overall, while the Cards’ record went to 6-6.
“It’s a fun series versus Potts Camp – big crowd and local rivalry,” Coach Dailey said. “This is our third straight year, and it’s been a split each time. It shows the competition and basketball tradition of each school. It’s a neat rivalry against good people.”
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