Photos by DeMill DixonPotts Camp’s Malasha Faulkner (left) is defended by Markaylin Burt of MA as she tries to score.
Potts Camp sweeps MA
The Carl White Memorial Gym was packed to the rafters Saturday in Potts Camp, and the home fans saw both their teams take wins over crosscounty foe Marshall Academy.
The Lady Cardinals got some huge free throws down the stretch to win a close one, while the Cardinals starting pulling away late in the second quarter and won by 25.
The girls game was tight throughout with Potts Camp earning the 51-47 victory.
The Lady Patriots fell behind early. Malasha Faulkner and Jazmine Anderson each had a three in the first for Potts Camp.
MA’s Kaylan Parks scored three buckets in the opening quarter, one of those coming on a drive to the goal at the horn. Marshall was up 15-12.
Both offenses started slowly in the second.
Erin Lomenick drilled a three to put the Lady Patriots up by four.
Chanyce Collins’ putback tied it at 18.
MA then took a 24-22 lead to the locker room at halftime.
C. Collins’ steal and basket put Potts Camp on top 28-26 with 5:48 remaining in the third. The Lady Cards then led by seven when Brenya Muse hit a jump shot.
The home team was up 40-33 after three quarters.
Faulkner cashed in a couple of big shots for Potts Camp early in the fourth. The lead was still seven.
Then Parks sparked the Lady Patriots with back-toback buckets, and they were down 45-43 with 3:43 to go.
Two minutes later, Lomenick’s three knotted the game at 47.
Then Lakayla Collins and C. Collins each nailed a pair of three throws to finish the game, and the Lady Cards claimed the four-point win.
For Potts Camp, Faulkner had 17 points, C. Collins 11 and Muse 10.
For Marshall, Parks scored 25 and Lomenick 11.
The Lady Cardinals were 16 of 24 from the free-throw stripe, while the Lady Patriots were 11 of 26.
The Potts Camp boys never trailed on their way to a 92-67 win over Marshall Academy.
Mitchell Saulsberry, the big man on the inside for the Cardinals, established himself as a force to be reckoned with from the start. He scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the first quarter.
Everette Jones got a steal and a dunk for MA to tie the game at 4 with 5:14 to go in the first.
A minute later Martavious Frost slammed for Potts Camp to put his team up 8-4.
MA fell behind by six at the 2:15 mark of the first.
Jeremiah Jones got a two and a three for the Patriots, who trailed 16-12 at the end of the opening period.
The Cardinals went up by 11 on Jaquives Muse’s drive to the bucket.
MA cut it to seven on Zach Sorrell’s breakaway bucket with 3:32 to go in the second quarter. And that was as close as the Patriots would get the rest of the afternoon.
T.J. Jackson drilled a couple of long-range shots late in the first half. Potts Camp was up 46-28 at intermission.
MA was four of 13 from the free-throw line at halftime, and Potts Camp was one of four.
The second half was all Cardinals. The lead ballooned to 28 with 4:46 to go in the third. It was 71-42 at the end of the third, and both teams substituted freely in the fourth.
For Potts Camp, Kylan Conners was next in scoring, behind Saulsberry, with 17 points. Eleven of his came in the third. Muse finished with 13 and Jackson and Frost with 12 each.
For Marshall, J. Jones led the offense with 18 points. Phillip Parks and Sorrell added 14 each. Wyle McMillen scored eight.
The Lady Cardinals (4-15) and the Cardinals (15-5) hosted H.W. Byers Tuesday. They host Ashland Friday. Next Tuesday, Jan. 29, they go to Myrtle.
The Lady Patriots (4-15) and the Patriots (15-3) visited Magnolia Heights Tuesday. They host Central Holmes Thursday and then go to Carroll Academy Friday. Tuesday, Jan. 29, they end the regular season by hosting Oak Hill.