By Todd Vinyard
SPRINGVILLE Potts Camp’s Phillip Brock provided just the wakeup call his teammates needed after a sluggish first half with a 3-pointer to give them a 61-60 lead over East Union as the buzzer sounded closing the third quarter.
It marked the first time Potts Camp, which is ranked No. 10 in the Daily Journal poll, led after trailing by 12 at halftime. Brock went on to hit 6-of-6 fourth quarter shots as Potts Camp beat East Union 86-75 Wednesday night at South Pontotoc High School in Division 2-2A action.
A Potts Camp girl’s comeback fell short as East Union won 80-74. In the nightcap, Ashland won a thriller over Calhoun City 50-49.
Brock, the team’s second leading scorer with 14 per game, knew what to do at the right time after missing Potts Camp’s last two games with a pulled right hamstring.
“I knew we were behind and I had to get a shot off,” Brock said. “I just caught the ball and shot it.”
East Union tied the game at 64-64 later in the fourth quarter, but Brock nailed a jump shot in the lane with 5 minutes, 1 second left to give Potts Camp the lead for good.
“This was a team effort from player one through eight,” Potts Camp coach Chris Greer said. “I told our team at halftime if they came out and wanted this we could still win. East Union is a good team. In the first half we got in some foul trouble. We had to fight our way back.”
Greer’s squad had to fight back after trailing 14-6 to start the game, and 43-31 at the half.
“Brock just killed us, and we didn’t take care of the basketball in the second half,” East Union coach Danny Henderson said.
Beside Brock’s 17 points, Potts Camp was led by Antwan Marion with 24, Keith Traylor had 19, and J.V. Smith added 16. For East Union, Steven Hazel managed 11 points, and Alan Johnson had 10.
Potts Camp improved to 23-8 with the win, while East Union fell to 19-13.
(G) East Union 80, Potts Camp 74: Potts Camp kept coming back, but in the end East Union had way too much Mitzi Deaton.
The East Union senior scored a career-high 40 points. Early on East Union (20-9) had way too much everything leading 15-3 at 4:08 in the first quarter on the way to a four-point halftime advantage.
East Union built its big lead with a pressing defense.
“When we get our defense going it opens up the offensive end for us,” Deaton said.
Potts Camp (9-22) went ahead 60-59 for the first time with 53 seconds to go in the third quarter. But moments later Deaton hit two baskets to give the Lady Urchins back the lead 66-65 at the 4:45 mark of the fourth quarter.
“Mitzi is a senior and she does a lot of things well for us,” Henderson said. “When we need points, we can go to her.”
East Union converted two free throws after an intentional foul call with 14 seconds left to seal the victory.
“In the end we just kind of ran out of gas,” Potts Camp coach Karen Green said.
East Union’s Jessica Allen scored 15 points to go along with Deaton’s 40. For Potts Camp, Tamara Miller scored 18 points, Vivian Isom had 16, Shelena Conlee had 15, and Stacy Whaley had 12.
(G) Ashland 50, Calhoun City 49: Ashland’s Shandreka Evans hit a free throw with four seconds left for the victory over the Daily Journal’s No. 9 ranked team, Calhoun City.
Charlene Judge led Ashland with 15 points, while Evans had 11. For Calhoun City, Pasha Herrod scored 21 points, and Venessa Coffee had 10.