Thursday, February 16, 2012
Lady Cards lose by one in title game
By BARRY BURLESON
Coach Tana Miller urged her Potts Camp Lady Cardinals to turn it up a notch come tournament time. They did just that last week.
The Potts Camp girls finished second in the Region 2-2A Tournament at Calhoun City and earned a home game Monday of this week as North State play began.
“Our focus has been on stepping it up in the post-season,” Miller said. “We wanted to stress defense. It’s a new season, time to play our best ball.”
In Miller’s fifth season, it’s the Lady Cards’ fourth trip to North State and second time to host in the opening round. They played O’Bannon Monday night.
Winning two of three in last week’s district tourney upped Potts Camp’s record to 16-15.
The Lady Cardinals tipped off the district tournament with a 77-64 victory over Calhoun City.
Zana Davis, coming back after a broken hand injury suffered on January 12, tossed in 24 points.
“Zana had a great game,” Coach Miller said. “She showed a lot of heart.”
Others in double digits were Hayley Davis with 15, Jessica Peterson with 14 and Tenesha Woods with 12.
Potts Camp led 42-37 at halftime.
On Thursday of last week, two long-time rivals collided and the fourth-seeded Lady Cardinals dominated. They crushed top-seeded Hickory Flat 58-36 in the semi-finals.
It was a nip-and-tuck first half. Brittany Pitts nailed a big three just before the halftime buzzer to give Potts Camp a 25-19 lead and momentum.
“That shot was a game-changer,” Miller said.
“We came out and played a fantastic third quarter (outscoring the Lady Rebels 16-8) and continued to play well in the fourth. We were determined to finish the game strong.”
Woods was the top gun. She scored 19. Zana Davis was close behind with 11.
Brianna Reeves led Hickory Flat with 11.
The title contest Friday night between the Lady Cards and second-seeded Walnut was close throughout. Potts Camp lost a 59-58 heartbreaker when the Lady Wildcats hit the game-winning shot with less than 10 seconds on the clock.
“After the big Thursday win over Hickory Flat, our girls really wanted the division title,” Coach Miller said. “It was disappointing. We played hard. We don’t like being second right now, and I hope that carries over into this week (North State).”
Potts Camp trailed Walnut 24-23 at the half and went up by two following three quarters.
Woods was on fire. She scored 31. Zana Davis contributed 10.
“Tenesha (Woods) gave Walnut fits,” Miller said. “She knocked down some huge shots - scoring from everywhere on the floor.”
With a win Monday of this week over O’Bannon, the Potts Camp girls would move to the North State quarter-finals Thursday at a site to be determined (Coahoma County, Hickory Flat or New Site).
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