Thursday, December 8, 2011
Potts Camp drops games in tournament
By BARRY BURLESON
Potts Camp basketball teams had a rough week at the Walnut Tournament.
The Lady Cardinals and Cardinals each lost their games versus Ripley, Walnut and Ashland.
“It was a trying week,” said coach Tana Miller, head coach of the Potts Camp girls. “We’re struggling right now. It’s still youth. We need to mature a little more.”
The Class 2A Lady Cardinals opened tourney play Monday, Nov. 28, with a 69-43 loss to Ripley, the defending Class 3A champs.
“They (Ripley) lost some players, but they know what it takes to win,” Miller said. “They had a great level of intensity.”
The Lady Tigers built a commanding 26-11 lead after one quarter.
Tenesha Woods and Zana Davis scored 21 and 14 points, respectively, for Potts Camp.
On Thursday night, the Lady Cards fell 68-60 to the host team, Walnut.
They fell behind 22-10 following one period. They trailed by 15 going into the fourth and a late rally came up short.
Woods poured in a game-high 23 points. Davis had 14.
“Walnut is in our division,” Coach Miller said. “We need to continue to work hard and improve, and the next time it will be a more important game.”
The Lady Cardinals closed play in the Walnut Tournament Saturday with a 56-52 loss to rival Ashland.
“It was a tough one to lose,” Miller said. “I’m proud of some of my bench players (like Jessica Peterson) who stepped up and did a good job,” she said.
Woods scored 14 in the close setback. Peterson followed with 12.
The Lady Cardinals shot just 53 percent from the free-throw line and 32 percent from the field.
“That hurt us,” she said. “We missed some easy shots.”
For Ashland, A. Tucker scored 18 and J. Godwin 15.
The young Potts Camp boys could not pick up their first win of the season in the Walnut Tournament.
They lost 82-46 to Ripley, 61-42 to Walnut and then also fell to Ashland.
In the loss to Walnut, Lajohn Curry and Xavion Allen scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The Lady Cardinals (4-5) and Cards (0-9) were scheduled to visit Calhoun City Tuesday to start district play. They host North Pontotoc Thursday and go to county rival H.W. Byers Friday.
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