Thursday, February 21, 2013
Lady Cards take tourney crown
By BARRY BURLESON
The Potts Camp Lady Cardinals erased a bad memory Friday night.
A year earlier they had lost by one in the finals of the Region 2-2A Tournament.
This time around they left no doubts, clobbering Calhoun City 81-56 in the championship game at Walnut.
“That loss last year (to Walnut) stung and it had been stinging for a year,” said coach Tana Miller, in her sixth season. “They remembered that and were determined to leave with the trophy.”
Potts Camp was dominant in its two district tournament games – winning by 25 in the title contest and 32 in the semi-finals.
“We’d been challenged all year in division play – not many comfortable wins for us,” Miller said. “Our division regular season wins were dogfights.
“What I saw in this tournament went along with us playing more to our potential. We finally decided to wake up.”
The Lady Cards stormed to a 51-25 lead at halftime over Calhoun City Friday night and coasted to the trophy ceremony.
Tenesha Woods and Zana Davis were the leading scorers with 21 and 20, respectively. Dana Jeffries had 10 and Hayley Davis eight.
One night earlier, Potts Camp destroyed the host school, Walnut, 62-30.
Zana Davis’ lay-up gave the Lady Cards a 30-9 lead at the halfway point. She hit a three at the end of the third to make it 45-19. The tournament’s most valuable player finished with 20 points.
Other top contributors were Jessica Peterson with 12 points and Woods with eight. Ten players scored.
Joining Zana Davis on the all-tournament team were Woods, Peterson and Brittany Pitts.
The Lady Cardinals (25-4) hosted West Bolivar Monday night in round one of Class 2A North Half competition. With a win, they move to the quarter-finals of the tournament, which will likely be hosted by New Site. It is set for Thursday through Saturday.
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