Thursday, January 27, 2011
Cardinals split with Ingomar
By CLAUDE VINSON
This district contest between Potts Camp and Ingomar had implications which were not readily discernible. First, this was a rubber match and the Lady Cardinals had won the earlier meeting on the Lady Falcons’ court. Secondly, the boys game had star-making potential for one of the coaches.
Coach Tana Miller’s Lady Cardinals had beaten the Lady Falcons by three points on December 10. Here, they turned over their tip-off possession and Ingomar turned it into a deuce. It wasn’t long before Tenesha Woods took over the offense for Potts Camp. The Falcon bench called time when the score stretched to 12-4. Potts Camp added another deuce for a 14-6 quarter.
Although the Lady Cardinals had a hatful of turnovers, they upped the scoring to double digits. The Lady Cardinals were grabbing most of the rebounds at both ends. Long ball scoring help came from Zana Davis and Tierica Tunstall. They stuck one each and helped to keep the visitors in the dark and lead them 26-12 at halftime.
In the third frame, Tunstall, Hayley Davis and Brittany Pitts worked from the perimeter to operate a very effective 3-2 offense. They had initiated the method play earlier in the game and put it back in to coast to a 16-point lead at the end of three at 38-22.
It wasn’t a complete wash. The hefty margin which Potts Camp had enjoyed began to evaporate in the fourth quarter. Ingomar had begun to sink them from the three plateau and the visitors put in a full court press. First they cut the Potts Camp lead to seven and then to five. But the time had dwindled to 53.7 seconds. Ingomar was able to add five more but also had to send Potts Camp to the line and the Lady Cardinals finished them off 57-51.
Zana Davis put up 22 for Potts Camp. She was aided by Woods with 16 and H. Davis with nine.
The nightcap game between the Cardinals and the Falcons had major implications for head coach Norris Ashley of Ingomar. The coach, a prominent name and figure in Mississippi high school basketball, had only to defeat the Cardinals to achieve a 1,000th win in boys basketball.
Neither team was setting the woods on fire in the opening frame. There were some sparks in the last couple of minutes. The visitors moved out in front 10-5. Tyree Jones came to the Cardinals aid when he stuck two in a row to move them within one. The 10-9 stood for the remainder of the quarter.
Potts Camp, led by coach Shawn Holtz, took its first lead of the game early in the second. The Cardinals kept ahead of the Falcons until the last 30 seconds when Ingomar tied it at 20-all.
The third frame was a tick-tack-toe game. The lead constantly changed and was tied four different times until Allen Robinson popped a three ball to give Potts Camp the edge at 33-32 to end the period.
The see-saw battle continued in the fourth. Coach Ashley appeared poised as he called time to instruct his Falcons in the waning moments.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals were trying hard to make sure that the coach did not make the mark in this venue. Ingomar had a one-point lead when Antonio Love stuck one back. But Wesley Jumper was fouled on the other end and gave the momentum back to the visitors at the charity stripe. The pair gave the coach his 1,000 victory at 45-44.
Love led the Cardinals with 17 and Robinson pitched in 11 followed by T. Jones with 10.
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