Thursday, February 5, 2009
Cardinals earn big district win
By BARRY BURLESON
Brian Smith was a happy coach after his team’s district win over Myrtle on Tuesday, Jan. 27.
“We had a great game,” he said. “It was one of our better nights – a total team effort.”
The Cardinals likely earned themselves a number three seed in the Region 3-1A Tournament next week with the 91-84 victory. They improved to 14-12 overall and 4-2 in the district.
Five Potts Camp players scored in double figures – Johnathan Falkner with 22, Lavonte Richmond with 19, LaDarrius Beard with 13, Jeremy Siggers with 12 and Terry Crane with 10. Chad Randolph added nine points.
“We did a good job of beating their press and getting some good looks (at the basket),” Coach Smith said. “We shot the ball so much better than we did versus Coldwater (January 23).”
The Cardinals were an amazing 39 of 58 from the floor – 67 percent.
On the downside, Potts Camp was a dismal 13 of 33 from the free-throw stripe. However, Falkner hit some big ones down the stretch, Smith said.
Falkner also contributed seven assists and six steals; Siggers 13 rebounds, six assists and four steals; Richmond nine rebounds; and Randolph seven rebounds.
The Cardinals led 20-7 after one quarter. They were up 40-33 at the half and 74-63 after three quarters.
“The third quarter was a blitz – up and down the floor,” Smith said. “In the fourth we did what we had to do to win the ball game.
“Our man-to-man defense did a good job most of the night.”
Coach Tana Miller liked her team’s intensity in a 61-51 loss to a talented Myrtle squad (22-5).
“We sat down the Friday before and set some team goals,” Coach Miller said. “The big things were intensity and effort. I felt the effort was given against Myrtle and the intensity was up. We didn’t get the win but we did get the effort – particularly the first half.”
Turnovers were the biggest problem. The Potts Camp girls (14-10 overall and 3-3 in the district) committed 23.
“That’s way too many,” she said. “And a lot of those were unforced. We have to cut down on that if we’re going to be successful come tournament time.”
Potts Camp was down 17-15 after one quarter. The game was knotted at 27 at the half. Myrtle then outscored the visitors 12-7 in the third and 22-17 in the fourth.
Kenyotta Jenkins scored a game-high 19 in the 10-point loss to Myrtle. Ashton Gandy contributed 11.
The Lady Cardinals will likely be the fourth seed in next week’s district tournament at Hickory Flat.
“Our division is tough,” Coach Miller said. “Myrtle is a great team – inside and out. Everybody is a threat.”
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