Thursday, December 13, 2012
Lions sweep Cardinals
By CLAUDE VINSON
The 10-0 Lady Cardinals got off to a good shooting start Friday night with one of their stars, Zana Davis, leading the way.
The Potts Camp girls jumped out to an early lead of 7-2 over rival H.W. Byers before a loyal noisy crowd in their gym. There had been some speculation around the area as to whether the Lady Cardinals could hang with the high-powered offense of Byers. Potts Camp led the entire quarter and was up 20-16 at the end.
Madison McCreless began to assert herself and had tied the game at 20-all within the first minute of the second period. It was the first lead for the visitors. It seemed to have sparked a nerve. The Lady Lions kept scoring methodically and were eight points ahead at intermission, 34-26.
The third frame was a runaway round for the Lady Lions. They kept pounding the nylon and ended with a 63-36 tally.
The final stanza was also very productive and added 18 points for a final score of 81-45. The Lady Cardinals fell to 10-1 and the H.W. Byers Lady Lions went to 8-1.
Justice Martin and McCreless led the Lady Lions with 24 and 20, respectively. Richenda Crutcher hit 13 and Laniqua Collins threw in 10.
Davis led Potts Camp with 15, while Tenesha Woods registered 14.
Cards fall to Lions
The Cardinals and Lions hit the floor in front of an audience which had already been warmed up by the game between the Lady Lions and Lady Cardinals. It was a teeter-totter until A.J. Mabon launched a buzzer-beater for three and a visitors’ lead of 20-19.
About midway through the second quarter, coach Trey Lawrence rested a couple of starters.
Scoring had slowed by both squads until Chris Echols flew in and woke up the house with an alley-oop slam. He did it again with about 40 seconds left in the half. This put Byers ahead 45-32 at intermission.
The Lions were not really out-hustling the Cardinals but they pulled steadily way all during the third. The Cardinals just couldn’t seem to stop the Byers offense, which led 64-47 after three.
The fourth saw the visiting Lions grind it down to a 75-59 victory and improve their record to 5-3.
Mabon posted 24 points for Byers, while Echols had 20 and Ryan Seldon 10.
Jamarquis Foster hit 16 and Joseph Folsom 15 to lead the Cardinals.
Byers teams traveled to Byhalia Tuesday night of this week, while Potts Camp squads went to Ashland.
The Byers boys will play in the Biggersville Classic Saturday. Next Monday, Dec. 17, the Lions and Lady Lions go to Coahoma County.
Potts Camp teams will play in the Ingomar Tournament this Friday and Saturday. Next Tuesday, Dec. 18, they go to Byhalia.
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