Photo by Dillon DayKedavian Faulkner (2) of Potts Camp makes his move versus Byhalia’s Jerrell Bronson (1).
Cardinals win shootout
Potts Camp and Byhalia blistered the nets Friday night, the two teams combining for 171 points.
“It was no doubt the most electric atmosphere we have had this year,” said Jeremy Dillard, whose Cardinals hosted the Indians. “It was great to see the big turnout. This was a huge game for our players and our community.”
The Cardinals downed the Indians 88-83 in the Marshall County rivalry.
“To my knowledge the last time we beat them was in 2006,” Dillard said.
Mitchell Saulsberry had a huge night for Potts Camp. He scored a game-high 36 points, 20 of those in the first half.
Other Cardinals scoring in double figures were Martavious Frost and Walter Hamilton with 14 each.
Three Indians reached double-digit scoring. Kavontae Tunstall led the way with 22, followed by Raymond Tuggles with 20 and Antwon Porter with 19.
Potts Camp used a big second quarter, outscoring Byhalia 26-13, to take a 42-31 halftime advantage.
Byhalia actually won the second half, 52-46, but it wasn’t enough to complete the rally. Potts Camp held on to win by five.
“I am extremely proud of how hard we played,” Dillard said. “I challenged them before the game and they accepted it. We are getting better daily, and that’s all I can ask.
“Hats off to Coach (Derwin) Cooper and Byhalia. They played extremely hard and never quit. He has those guys on track to make a run in the playoffs.”
The Byhalia Lady Indians defeated Potts Camp 58-40 in the opening game of the evening.
The Lady Indians stretched a two-point lead at the end of the first quarter to a 27-16 halftime margin. They then pulled away in the third, outscoring the Lady Cardinals 17-6.
Top point producers for Byhalia were Lakiowa Milan with 13, Brianna Beard with 11 and Jasmine Malone with 10.
Leading Potts Camp in scoring were Lakayla Collins with 13, Brenya Muse with 11 and Jazmine Anderson with 11.
The Lady Cardinals (2-14) and the Cardinals (12-5) hosted Hickory Flat on Tuesday. They will visit Falkner Friday and then host Marshall Academy Saturday. Next Tuesday, Jan. 22, they host H.W. Byers.
The Lady Indians (8-8) and the Indians (9-7) visited Senatobia Tuesday. They will host Tishomingo County Friday. Next Tuesday, Jan. 22, they go to New Albany.