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Potts Camp 64 West Union 63
West Union had their opportunities, but could not take advantage of them through out the night as the Lady Eagles dropped their region opener 64-63 to Kenyotta Jenkins and the Potts Camp Lady Cardinals.
The Lady Cards built a six-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, but the Lady Eagles came charging back to make it a one-point game with ten seconds left in the contest.
West Union grabbed the rebound off a missed Potts Camp free-throw and quickly pushed the ball up the floor as time was running out. An extra pass led to an lay-up underneath the basket, but with the pressure of the clock closing in the rushed shot was missed allowing the Lady Cards to escape with the 64-63 victory.
"It wasn't the missed lay-up that beat us... we gave up to many second shot points because we didn't rebound," Coach Andy Kirk.
Another glaring stat for the Lady Eagles was their 6-of-13 showing from the free-throw line.
"Free throws have been the name of our game and has been all year, but ever since we've come back from Thanksgiving we missed several which is highly unusual for us," Kirk.
The 64 points put up by Potts Camp has been the most points allowed this season by the Lady Eagles defense.
"Giving up 64 points is a big kicker for us because we are built on defense and rebounding, but tonight we didn't rebound or play good defense because we gave up too many second chance points," Kirk.
April Rollins continues to play solid basketball leading the Lady Eagles in scoring with a 20-point effort.
"April has really stepped it up for us the last two games," Kirk. "A lot of people only see her as a three-point shooter, but she has really done a good job taking the ball to the goal… she's improving."
Claire Wilkerson added 15, Kimberly Jumper 10, Rachel Baker 8, Robyn Taylor 4, Allie Newby 4, and Carley Wilkerson had 2 points for the Lady Eagles.
Kenyotta Jenkins, who has already committed to the Ole Miss Lady Rebels as a Junior, led all scorers with 27 while Queen Dean added 16 points for the Lady Cardinals.
The Lady Eagles fall to 14-2 on the year, but more importantly find themselves in a 0-1 hole inside region play.
Potts Camp 86 West Union 38
Early frustrations opened the door for the Potts Camp Cardinals to pick up an 86-38 victory over the Eagles on a night that saw the breaks beat the boys at West Union.
At times it seemed as if there was a lid over the basket on the West Union side of the floor. High percentage shots off solid offensive sets would find ways to continuously rim out or roll off the rim allowing an aggressive bunch of Cards get in their high-tempo transition game to take control of the game early.
Frustrated by their lack of luck around the basket, the Eagles started forcing the issue in hopes to get back in the ballgame. Instead, the Cardinals jumped in their press to create easy baskets off turnovers to take a 35-17 halftime lead.
The Eagles did not give up easily as they kept fighting to get something going, but the deficit proved too much to overcome as Potts Camp picked up the 86-38 victory.
Skylar Floyd led the Eagles with 10 points, Drew Gray 7, Matthew Gordon 7, Luke Wait 6, Austin Hobson 4, while Zak Jumper and Thad Moody added 2 points each.
Nine players put points on the board for Potts Camp with Jeremy Siggers leading all scorers with 18 points.
West Union will look to rebound Friday night as they will play host to Hatley in non-region play before reentering region play with Strayhorn on a rare Monday night contest.