Thursday, February 17, 2011
Lady Cards fall; boys win
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Potts Camp Lady Cardinals had to face the higher seed, Myrtle Lady Hawks, in the semi-finals of the Region 2-1A Tournament. And they knew that job one would be to try and control Myrtle’s Aspriona Gilbert.
They didn’t do a very good job of that and fell behind 20-10 in the first quarter.
Potts Camp was not taking care of the ball. Now, not only did they have Gilbert to contend and defend, they had Meshay Cox. The latter was hitting treys, deuces and singles. Between them, they accounted for 31 of the Lady Hawks’ halftime total (50-20).
The Lady Cardinals were farther back at the end of the third period at 70-30. The Myrtle defense proved to be an immovable object and the Lady Cardinals lost 81-32.
Zana Davis had the hot shot for Potts Camp, recording 21, followed by Tenesha Woods with eight.
Lady Cards fall
The Lady Cardinals met the Lady Falcons of Ingomar in the first consolation game on Saturday. The two traded baskets and leads during the first quarter with the Lady Falcons being one better at 15-14.
Potts Camp was showing great patience in the second frame, working the ball outside and getting good looks. The Lady Cardinals, coached by Tana Miller, quickly regained the lead but allowed Ingomar to catch up and tie it for a fourth time in the first half at 25-25.
In the third, the Lady Falcons crept past Potts Camp by six but Zana Davis cut it to three with a trey at the buzzer to make it 42-39.
Despite a valiant combined effort by Tenesha Woods and Davis, the Lady Cardinals came up two points shy (56-54) at the end.
Woods had 20 and Davis pitched in 17, with Tierica Tunstall hitting 10.
The Lady Cardinals (12-17) visited Biggersville Monday night to begin North State competition.
The Cardinals had a showdown with Myrtle in the Friday semi-finals. Should they prevail against the Hawks, it would set up an all Marshall County final.
It was soon evident that this was going to be a scrappy one. One could sense that both teams wanted this win. Potts Camp lost one of its starters (Tyree Jones ) in the first quarter, but the Cardinals still ended up on top 15-11.
Play was fast and rough, but as in the first period, Potts Camp was exhibiting excellent ball control. Some of the shot selections could have been better, however, they managed a four-point lead at intermission (25-21).
The Hawks had grabbed the lead early in the third quarter and they appeared determined to keep it. Although the Cardinals waged a battle royal to reclaim it, the Falcons had a one-point margin at the end of three (39-38).
The squads were still going at it no holds barred with Myrtle hanging onto a two-point margin until JaVaughn Jones hit a short jumper in the lane to tie at 45 with 2:05 left.
After that, the lead changed hands three times with Potts Camp on top at 49-48. Then Jones stuck one back to make it 51-48. But Keon Hampton nailed a long one from the corner and tied it at 51. There was 4.1 showing on the clock when Kris Roberts was fouled under the basket. He canned one and Myrtle called time. Roberts came back and fired another one. Myrtle didn’t have time for an in-bound. Potts Camp advanced 53-51.
Allen Robinson led Potts Camp with 13. Next was Jones with 12. Roberts and Randy Love had nine each.
Hampton paced Myrtle with 17.
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