Thursday, January 13, 2011
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Lady Cardinals and Lady Lions met Friday in their first of two rivalry games of the season.
This was a rivalry on both levels, district and county.
The tip went to the Lady Lions but it was quickly claimed on a rebound and Lady Cardinal sparkplug Tenesha Woods turned it into a three the old fashioned way. Byers erased that early stat and went out front. Potts Camp was keeping pace with the visitors, hovering around two points until Zana Davis sank a trey to put the Lady Cards up by one. The Lady Lions bounced back quickly and won the opening frame 18-14.
The rivalry intensified in the second period and the contest became a little heated. Byers had a seven-point lead when Potts Camp drew a “tech.” Play cooled a bit but both teams kept pressure on the ball. Byers increased its lead to double digits at one point but fell back to singles at 38-29 at halftime.
The visitors kept widening the chasm in the third quarter but the Lady Cardinals continued to come back. The Lady Lions made it a solid 18 point difference at the end of three at 55-37.
The Lady Lions really soared in the final frame, using their bench on a rotating basis and coasting to a final score of 85-50.
Woods was the sharpshooter for the Lady Cardinals (8-11) with 16. Davis was next with 15. The Lady Cardinals had problems in both the turnover department and at the charity stripe.
Kourtney Coleman’s 25 led Byers (13-6 overall). Dominique Rubin and Kyra Gulledge added 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Lions beat Cards
This was the fourth district game for both of these teams in addition to being a long standing county rivalry. It was a rough and tumble see-saw battle throughout the opening quarter with Potts Camp’s offense being ignited early by Tyree Jones coming off of the bench. The pendulum like score settled in Pots Camp’s favor at the end of one at 17-14.
The Cardinals led during the major portion of the second period. The Lions mad a real push at the end and tied it at 32 with less than a minute left. Then T. Jones untied it at the charity stripe and Quinton Hankins added another for good measure to make it 35-32 at intermission.
It got real scrappy in the third with Byers finding an offense which worked and captured their largest lead of the game at 10. The Cardinals didn’t slack off for long; they cut it to seven at the end of three and at 55-48.
In the fourth Potts Camp reduced the Byers lead to two at one juncture but allowed the Lions to take the game over again and put together a stretch run which sent them ahead first by six and then by twelve. The Cardinals didn’t recover after that and lost 81-64.
The Cardinals (5-14) had four players in double figures – Antonio Love with 16, Hankins with 15, Javaughn Jones with 12 and Allen Robinson with 11, including three treys.
Byers (3-11) got a lot of point production from its bench but three shooters went for doubles. Chris Echols led the floor with 21. Next was Shantez Hearn with 16 and Darion Cunningham with 12.
Potts Camp teams were scheduled to visit Myrtle Tuesday. They go to Ashland Friday and host Oxford Saturday. Next Tuesday, Jan. 18, they travel to West Union.
Byers teams were scheduled host West Union Tuesday. They go to Independence Friday. Next Monday, Jan. 17, starting at 3 p.m., they host the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Classic. Next Tuesday, Jan. 18, they visit Blue Mountain.
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