Thursday, December 1, 2011
Byhalia sweeps Potts Camp
By CLAUDE VINSON
Any hardwood contest between county teams never disappoints. This tradition got another plug November 22 when the Potts Camp teams invaded the Indians’ turf in Byhalia.
The Lady Indians and Lady Cardinals could have been bookends in the early minutes of this game. They were looking so similar on offense and defense. The shots were calculated and the rebounding was aggressive. It was close until the last minute of the quarter when the Lady Cardinals sank a deuce and a trey to put them ahead 18-12 at the horn.
The second frame was like the first, very good shooting, ball control and close scores. Byhalia tried to pull away but Potts Camp was in hot pursuit. Tanesha Woods and Jakayla Johnson teamed with Zana Davis to provide the spark which made Potts Camp a two-point leader (33-31) at intermission. Play had not been lackluster. It was aggressive but there was a very low incidence of fouling (three each in the first half).
The Lady Indians got some long ball help from Kimberly Reed, Latara Jones and Quanisha Grayson in the third period which allowed them to pull out to a 43-35 lead. The Lady Cardinals came back fast. Davis was providing the play-making and Woods was attacking close-in. They closed the gap to two (49-47) by the time the frame ended.
This was a hard-played, exciting game from beginning to end. The Lady Cards trailed for most of the fourth quarter but stepped up their rebounding efforts. They were four back with a half-minute left when Woods blasted one from the far right corner. It brought them within one. Then Reed was fouled on a short attempt, went to the line and made both, leaving two seconds on the clock and sealing it for the hosts at 69-66.
The Lady Indians had four shooters in double figures – Grayson led with 23, Shandricka Sessom hit 15 and Jones and Reed had 10 each.
Woods led all shooters with 24. Jessica Peterson plugged 13; Davis hit 11; and Hayley Davis contributed eight.
Indians rout Cardinals
The Indians, under new head coach, Todd Hutchinson, came out firing from all angles. And they never really let up. They clearly outgunned the Cardinals, going up 16-3 at one point early in the first quarter. They were ahead 19-6 at the end of that period.
The points were being distributed from all of the floor players. Byhalia was still hustling at top speed in the second period and the shots were still falling. They held the Cardinals to seven points, while ballooning their own score to 35, a 16-point (35-13) margin at the half.
The Indians had gotten quite a few line opportunities in the first half and had hit about 60 percent of them. Potts Camp was not getting many charity shots and its field shots were not finding the marks either. The results were the Cardinals were falling farther and farther back. Additionally, they were having trouble on defense and stopping the break. They hit three points in the third quarter for a 52-16 mark.
Meanwhile the Indians had not slowed their rotation. The reserves were getting as much playing time as the regulars. They cruised to a final score of 65-25.
Every player for the Indians registered points. Jamerson Eull and Kenneth Wilson had 10 apiece. Pat Stevenson chimed in with nine and Antonio Wilson had eight.
Lajohn Curry had 10 for Potts Camp.
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