Thursday, November 25, 2010
Cards fall to Rebels
By BARRY BURLESON
Rivals from neighboring counties collided on the basketball floor Monday, Nov. 15, with the Benton County teams earning the hard-fought sweep.
The Hickory Flat Lady Rebels went into Potts Camp and snatched a 57-51 win, while the Rebels pulled away late for a 67-50 victory.
Tenesha Woods provided some spark for coach Tana Miller’s Lady Cardinals in the early going. Her two buckets in the lane gave Potts Camp a 6-0 advantage.
But Hickory Flat turned up its defensive heat and cashed in some buckets. Courtney Martin’s score put the visitors up 10-6 with 2:46 to go in the first quarter. The Lady Rebels led 14-11 after one.
Potts Camp got is last lead of the night, at 15-14, when Woods hit back-to-back baskets early in the second quarter.
The turnover bug bit the Lady Cards later in the period. Kasey Bennett’s steal and lay-up put Hickory Flat on top 27-18 with 1:15 left in the first half. The lead was 27-21 at the intermission.
The Lady Rebels stretched the lead to nine midway through the third, thanks to Amber Thompson’s steal and assist to Kayla Kolivas. They were up 46-36 after three.
But Potts Camp kept battling. Woods’ putback and free throw trimmed the deficit to 48-45 with 5:52 left.
Hickory Flat then converted some more Lady Cardinal turnovers into points down the stretch and won by six.
Woods lit up the scoreboard with a game-high 36 points for the Lady Cards.
Shalonda Reynolds led the Hickory Flat offense with 16 points. Bennett and Kolivas followed with 14 and 13, respectively.
In the nightcap November 15, the Hickory Flat boys went on a 10-0 run to start the game. Allen Robinson sank a three with 3:56 to go in the first quarter for Potts Camp’s first points. The Rebels were in front 16-9 at the end of the period.
Midway through the second, Javaughn Jones drilled a three for the Cards and their deficit was sliced to 24-23.
Hickory Flat’s big man, Michael Penilton, hit a couple of buckets and stretched his team’s margin to 35-27 at the half.
The Rebels stayed in control in the third – leading 49-39.
But as in the girls game, the home squad did not quit. Jamarques Foster connected on a three with 6:25 to go in the game and sliced the deficit to five.
Hickory Flat then took control in the final four minutes and won by 17.
Foster and Robinson had 10 points each for Potts Camp.
Four players scored in double digits for the Rebels (6-0) – Timothy Tatum with 13, Henry Bell with 12 and Jamerson Kizer and Penilton with 10 each.
The Potts Camp Lady Cardinals hit the road to Alcorn Central Friday night and dropped a 56-45 decision.
“In the first half, we got beat on the boards,” Coach Miller said. “In the second half, turnovers hurt us.”
The Lady Cards led 15-12 after one period but trailed 28-23 at the half.
Woods gunned in 16 for Potts Camp. Zana Davis contributed 15.
The Potts Camp boys lost to Alcorn Central. No other information was available on the game.
W. Union Tour.
The Lady Cards lost 60-55 to Mantachie Saturday in the West Union Challenge.
They led 6-3 after one quarter and then trailed 24-23 at the half and 44-40 after three.
“They upped their full-court pressure in the second quarter and we couldn’t recover,” Miller said. “But we kept fighting.”
Davis scored a game-high 22 points for Potts Camp (2-5). Woods added 15.
The Potts Camp boys lost their game versus Mantachie in the West Union Challenge. They’re 1-6. No other information was available.
After a Thanksgiving break, the Lady Cardinals and Cardinals will play in the Walnut Tournament.
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