Thursday, January 6, 2011
Potts Camp squads take two of six at Alcorn tournament
By BARRY BURLESON
Both the Potts Camp Lady Cardinals and Cardinals won one of three games in the Alcorn Central Holiday Tournament last week.
The girls opened play Monday night, Dec. 27, with a 61-27 pounding of Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Central Magnet School.
Coach Tana Miller’s Lady Cardinals jumped in front 19-3 after the first quarter and never looked back. It was 39-12 at the half.
Zana Davis led a trio of players in double digits with 18. Tenesha Woods had 15 and Tierica Tunstall 10.
“Like us, they were basically freshmen and sophomores, and Murfreesboro Central is a new school,” Coach Miller said.
The following day, Tuesday, Dec. 28, things did not go as well for the Lady Cards. They lost 67-31 to Trezevant (Tenn.).
“They were very athletic and had five seniors with a lot of experience,” Miller said. “We just faced a very good basketball team.”
Potts Camp trailed 34-16 at halftime.
Top scorer for the Lady Cardinals was Woods with 14.
The Potts Camp girls concluded the three-day event December 29 with a gut-wrenching 46-45 loss to Corinth.
“We missed 11 free throws and lost by one,” Coach Miller said.
They were down 26-21 at intermission.
“We had missed seven free throws and four lay-ups in the first half and were down by five,” she said. “We couldn’t do the little things right.”
The Lady Cards made a run at the end but could not get a shot off in the closing seconds.
“The tournament was good practice for us,” she said. “We needed the experience.”
Woods poured in 32 of Potts Camp’s 45 points versus Corinth.
“They (Corinth) really could not do anything with her,” said Miller, whose team went to 8-9 on the season. “She worked hard and she was everywhere. She just did not have a lot of help.”
The Potts Camp boys dropped a 48-39 decision to Belmont on the first afternoon of the Alcorn Central Holiday Tournament.
The Cardinals took a 14-12 lead after the opening period but fell behind 24-21 at the half. They were down 35-31 at the end of three.
Javaughn Jones poured in 17 points for Potts Camp, led by first-year head coach Shawn Holtz.
The Cardinals bounced back to clobber Murfreesboro Central 63-12 on day two of the tournament before losing to Tishomingo County 56-46 to close out their participation in the event.
Allen Robinson had a game-high 17 points versus Murfreesboro.
The Cards (5-12) led 30-0 after one quarter.
In the 10-point loss to Tishomingo, Robinson and Antonio Love tossed in 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Potts Camp squads host Marshall County rival H.W. Byers this Friday at 6 p.m.
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