Photos by Dillon Day
Lady Cardinal Destinee Hannah (left) is pressured by Lady Patriots Bryanna Miller (back) and Hailey McMinn (right) Friday at Potts Camp.
Tavaccius Burnside (23) of Potts Camp tries to get his shot off versus Cordarius Thomas of Marshall Academy.
Photos by Dillon Day
(Left photo) Marshall’s Sam Wilkins (right) is pressured as she nears the lane by Lady Cardinals Ashley Anderson (22) and Taneshia Marion (10). (Right photo) Mitchell Saulsberry of Potts Camp drives toward the goal as MA’s Boyce McKinney (33) provides the defense.
Julia Nicholson (middle) of MA tries to keep possession of the basketball as she is trapped by Lady Cardinals Destinee Hannah (left) and Ashley Anderson (right).
MA-Potts Camp split games
Each school picked up a win when Potts Camp hosted Marshall Academy Friday night in an intracounty rivalry on the basketball court.
The MA girls stretched their lead to double digits in the third quarter and went on to take a 52-35 victory over the Lady Cardinals. Potts Camp and Marshall boys swapped the lead a few times in the second game of the evening before the Cards snatched a hard-fought 70-62 win.
The Lady Patriots went up by nine in the first quarter on consecutive threes from Bryanna Miller and Blake Martin. Then when Ashley Anderson scored to start the second quarter, the Lady Cards were within one, 15-14.
Marshall outscored Potts Camp 11-4 the rest of the first half to go to the break with a 26-18 lead.
Early in the third, Miller drilled a three and Julia Nicholson cashed in a two to up the margin to 31-18 and force a Potts Camp timeout. MA led 40-26 at the end of the third, closing the quarter with Alexis McGreger’s bucket off an assist from Sam Wilkins.
The Lady Pats lifted their lead to as many as 18 in the fourth quarter before winning by 17.
Highlighting the point production for Marshall were Nicholson with 19 and Martin and Miller with 11 each.
For Potts Camp, A. Anderson had 14, eight of those in the second half, and Destinee Hannah scored 13, eight of those in the first half.
In game two of the evening, the Potts Camp boys burst out of the starting gate to take a 10-0 lead when Micah Powers drove to the goal for two with 3:09 left in the first quarter. But the Patriots battled back. Kyler Moncrief’s steal and layup with less than a minute left in the opening period gave MA its first lead at 13-12, and then Rahmon Rutherford’s assist to Moncrief made the scoreboard read 15-12 at the end of the first.
The lead swapped hands more than once in the second. Alec Smith opened the quarter with a three and then added another with 3:56 to go to put his team back in front 23-22. The Cards led by 10 when Shaun Gorman converted a three the old way (a two-point basket and free throw). Their advantage was 34-27 at the half.
Rutherford hit back-to-back threes for the Pats midway through the third, but the Pats were down 44-36. They continued to cut the deficit. Everett Jones’ drive for two and Moncrief’s two free throws tied the game at 47 with 2:05 to go in the third. But the Cards closed the quarter with a 7-0 run. They ended it with Tavaccius Burnside’s steal and Powers’ bucket. Their lead was 54-47.
The closest Marshall got in the fourth was five when Rutherford hit another three. Mitchell Saulsberry had a key putback with 3:20 left to stretch the margin to 13.
Top point-producers for Potts Camp in the win were Burnside with 15 and Powers with 13. Saulsberry and Gorman had nine each. Leading the board work were Gorman with 12 rebounds, Powers with 10, Saulsberry with eight and Burnside with seven.
Rutherford poured in a game-high 20 points for the Patriots. Moncrief added 17 and E. Jones nine.
The Lady Cardinals and Cardinals were scheduled to visit Marshall County rival H.W. Byers on Tuesday night. They go to Lake Cormorant Friday night and travel to North Panola Saturday night.
The Lady Patriots and Patriots were scheduled to visit Rossville Academy (Tenn.) on Tuesday night.
They go to Greenville Christian Saturday.