Thursday, February 11, 2010
By CLAUDE VINSON
It was “Senior Night” at Potts Camp High School on February 4. Even without the added attraction, it probably would have been a highly-attended affair.
Both the Lady Cardinals and the H.W. Byers Lady Lions are enjoying stellar records and are performing well. The possibility is they could go to the state playoffs one and two.
Potts Camp began putting pressure on the ball early. Byers was not outdistancing the Lady Cardinals by much. The constant pressure took away from the total points, but Byers still led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second frame, Potts Camp employed a 3-2 defense with the three spread and shifting. This kept the Lady Lions from walking off and leaving the Lady Cardinals. Potts Camp’s senior and Dandy Dozen player, Kenyotta Jenkins, was helping the Lady Cardinals keep pace both from close-in and at the line. Nieshia Stinson was also helping from outside. The distance between the two was only nine (38-29) at intermission.
In the third, Byers created its biggest lead of 11 but then Lady Cardinal senior Ashton Gandy got hot from the left corner, popped a trio of threes and Potts Camp was right back in it at 43-42. Byers added three more to its side before the end of the third to make it 49-46.
The teams were still going full tilt in the fourth. Potts Camp was still challenging the two-time defending state champs in 2A, now playing in the same district with the Lady Cards in 1A. And they were staying within striking distance up to the last couple of minutes. Byers pulled away and then slowed it down, winning 63-54.
Byers got 22 from Courtney Coleman, 15 from Brionne Gulledge and 14 from Alexis Hardaway.
The Lady Lions improved to 22-6 overall and 10-0 in Region 2-1A. They will be the top seed in this week’s tournament at West Union.
Jenkins led the Lady Cardinals with 20, followed by Gandy with 16 and Stinson with 12.
The Lady Cardinals’ record went to 20-6 and 6-4 in the district. They will be the second seed in this week’s tournament.
Byers wins nightcap
The Cardinals and Lions met in the nightcap in a game which had few surprises. Both squads started slow.
Byers drew first blood but Potts Camp became more productive quickly. The Cardinals found the bottom of their net while Byers was not so lucky. The Cardinals took the first period 16-8.
The Lions began a comeback in the second. Being led by Jeremy Williams, they overtook the Cardinals by a couple and then the lead see-sawed after that. Byers crept back out front 30-26 at halftime.
The close game continued in the third with neither team showing superiority. The Lions grabbed an 11-point lead briefly at one point, saw it reduced near the end but got it back on a buzzer-beating trey from Williams. The score was 51-39 after three complete.
Potts Camp had an offensive meltdown in the fourth and Byers went on to win 67-50.
Williams led the floor for the Lions with 24. Marcus Rayford backed him up with 10.
The Lions improved to 8-17 overall and 6-4 in the district. They will be the third seed in this week’s Region 2-1A Tournament.
Heavy hitters for the Cardinals were LaDarrius Beard with 17 and JaVaughn Jones with 12.
The Cardinals’ overall mark went to 10-15 and 3-7 in the district. They will be the fourth seed in the tournament.
Also last week, Potts Camp teams lost district games at Myrtle and lost their last regular season games at Middleton, Tenn.
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