Thursday, February 18, 2010
Cards, Lady Cards move on with fourth-place finishes
By BARRY BURLESON
Both Potts Camp varsity basketball teams moved on to Class 1A North State competition after fourth-place finishes in the district tournament.
The Lady Cardinals and Cardinals visited Shaw Tuesday of this week in the opening round of north half. With wins, they advance to the quarter-finals Thursday at sites to be determined. The Potts Camp girls would host with a victory at Shaw.
The Potts Camp girls, seeded second, received a first-round bye in last week’s Region 2-1A Tournament at West Union.
They started tourney play Thursday and dropped a 67-66 heartbreaker to Myrtle.
The Lady Cards built a 40-34 lead in the first half. But the Lady Hawks outscored coach Tana Miller’s squad 17-16 in the third and 16-10 in the fourth to snatch the win.
Three Potts Camp players scored in double figures – Niesha Stinson with 20, Kenyotta Jenkins with 19 and Samantha Stinson with 10.
The Lady Cardinals couldn’t bounce back Friday night in the consolation contest. They fell 67-56 to the host school, West Union.
Potts Camp trailed 32-28 at the half.
Leading the point production for the Lady Cards were Tenesha Woods with 14, Lamonica Ingram with 13 and Jenkins with 12.
Potts Camp’s record went to 20-9 on the season.
The Potts Camp boys were on fire in their opener versus Blue Mountain. They blistered the Cougars 85-68.
Coach Matt Horton’s Cardinals outscored Blue Mountain 22-12 in the second quarter to grab control.
Balanced scoring sparked the win. Johnathan Falkner led the way with 25, followed by LaDarrius Beard with 21, Jamarquis Foster with 14, Antonio Love with 12 and Allen Robinson with 11.
In Thursday’s semi-finals, the Cardinals took it on the chin, losing 80-48 to high-powered Ingomar.
The Falcons soared to a 42-21 halftime advantage.
Top scorer for Potts Camp was Falkner with nine.
Then Potts Camp collided with Marshall County rival H.W. Byers in the consolation contest Friday and lost a tight contest, 61-55.
The Cardinals fell behind by nine early and then fought back. They trailed 32-27 at the half but couldn’t get over the hump in the second half.
Falkner and Beard scored 14 and 11 points, respectively, in the loss.
Potts Camp’s record dropped to 11-17.
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