February 6, 2014
The regular season rubber matches between two county rivals were played Tuesday, Jan. 28.
The first games had been at the Lions Den back on January 10 and like then, this was an H.W. Byers sweep of Potts Camp.
The start of the girls game was marred by turnovers from both squads. The teams then matched points and Byers took a four-point lead (8-4). Host Potts Camp bounced right back and pulled to within one at the quarter’s end (12-11).
The Lady Cards opened the second with Jessica Peterson in the lineup and she sank three deuces in a row to put Potts Camp ahead 18-12. The Lady Lions were right back in it as Laniqua Collins and Jequira Thompson each stuck one from long range. The score was all even at 24 at intermission.
Scoring was slow at the beginning of the third but Richenda Crutcher and Collins ignited some action in the last couple of minutes and moved Byers out front at 38-33.
The visitors then had to manage the lead which they had and hold off any surges from their hosts in the final minutes. They began to pull away about midway that final frame and put a dozen points between them. They turned back all attempts by the Lady Cardinals and went away with the 54-38 win.
Peterson led Potts Camp with 11, followed by Hayley Davis with eight.
Collins was the hot shooter for Byers with 13, backed by Crutcher with 12 and Jasmine Bryson with eight.
Lions claw Cardinals
The Cards and Lions spent about a third of the first quarter sizing each other up. Halfway into the period, there were just five points on the board, two for the visitors and three for the hosts. Haste was making waste on both sides. The play was fast and rough and it looked like a 5-5 first quarter until Xavion Allen put up a fall-away jumper from beyond the arc with a milli-second left to make it 8-5 for the Cardinals.
Scoring picked up in the second but both sides continued to be plagued by errant passes and missed shots. Potts Camp came out better at the end with a 21-14 mark.
The Cards began to take control of the game in the third, developing a double-digit lead and getting a goodly portion of the rebounds. The Lions sliced the Cardinals’ lead in half and trailed 31-26 at the end of three.
The Lions adjusted their game plan with measurable results in the final period. They caught and passed the Cardinals in the last two minutes. It was 45-43 with 1:53 left in the contest. They went on to the 51-44 victory.
Allen paced Potts Camp with 14, followed by Tanner Woods with 11 and Roger Harmon with 10.
Montavious Reynolds and Courtney Bean were close to each other with 17 and 16, respectively, for Byers.
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