By Gene Phelp/NEMS Daily Journal
INGOMAR – Kenyotta Jenkins scored just 10 points in Potts Camp’s disappointing home loss earlier this week to Division 2-1A foe West Union.
In Friday night’s division showdown against Ingomar, the 5-foot-11 Ole Miss signee scored 24 points, mostly on layups in transition, to lead the Lady Cardinals to convincing 68-34 victory.
Potts Camp improved to 18-4 overall and to 5-2 in the division with three league games remaining.
“I really wanted to play hard tonight … step up and be a leader,” said Jenkins who scored 14 points in the first quarter to help the Cardinals build a 24-9 lead.
Ingomar, behind three 3-pointers by Kayla Stevens, cut Potts Camp’s lead to 33-24 at halftime.
Jenkins had an eight-point third quarter, and with scoring help from Lamonica Ingram, helped the visitors open a 54-32 lead heading in the final period.
Ingram scored seven of her 15 points in the third quarter.
“We worked a lot this week in practice on transition and getting back on defense,” Potts Camp coach Tana Miller said. “We were more aware of where the ball was tonight. We were able to fine tune some things and get back on track.”
Jenkins has averaged 21 points per game this season, including a 27-point effort in a losing cause to H.W. Byers, the defending state champion and division rival.
However, Miller said the key has been the contributions of others in the lineup in addition to their star.
“We’ve needed more than one person to step up and help out,” she said. “We’ve been fortunate this year. We’ve always had somebody stepping up inside or stepping out and knocking down the 3-pointer.
“We’ve got more on the floor than Kenyotta.”
Shelly Grisham scored 14 points to lead Ingomar, now 8-13 and 2-5.
(B) Ingomar 72, Potts Camp 62
Norris Ashley wasn’t overly thrilled with the way his Falcons collected victory No. 19, but he’ll take it.
Ingomar, now 19-3 overall, improved to 6-1 in the division.
“I’d give us a D-minus, maybe a C-minus,” Ashley said. “They hit 8 of 10 field goals on us the first quarter, but we held them to 2 of 11 in the second.
“Then in the final three minutes we relaxed, thought the game was over.”
Ingomar, behind 6-7 Zach Carnell’s 23-point effort, led by 22 points early in the fourth quarter.
Potts Camp, which got a career-high 28 points from guard LeDarrius Beard, closed the gap to 10 points with just under two minutes remaining. However, the Falcons’ lead was too much to overcome. Ingomar’s road to a top-seed in the 2-1A tournament goes through Byers, Blue Mountain and West Union. Two of those games are at home.
“We’ve got no excuses,” Ashley said, referring to his senior-dominated lineup. “We’ve got eight who’ve started at one time or another.
We’ve got more experience than we can stand.”