By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
Tenesha Woods has earned her status as the star of Potts Camp’s basketball team. However, the senior guard/forward has not toiled alone.
She’s had plenty of help from her teammates during the Lady Cardinals’ banner season.
“We don’t rely on one person,” Potts Camp sixth-year coach Tana Miller said. “That’s our strength. We’ve had different players step up this season.”
Potts Camp (28-5), the North’s No. 2 seed, plays South No. 1 seed Scott Central at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Class 2A state tournament semifinals at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.
The trip to the Big House is the first for Potts Camp since 1995. This year’s team has flown under the radar in a state-wide sense, but that’s ending now.
“We’ve picked up our game in the postseason,” Miller said. “You always want to play your best ball at playoff time and we are.”
Woods comes in averaging 22 points and 10 rebounds per game.
“She plays wherever we need her to play,” Miller said. “She can handle the ball and play outside, but she prefers playing inside. She loves to rebound.”
Jessica Peterson provides the team some defensive spark off the bench. She also scored 12 points in the North championship game loss to New Site.
“Jessica takes pride in making a steal,” Miller said.
Hayley Davis, a physical point guard with the bumps and bruises to prove her effort, leads the charge on the offensive and defensive ends.
“Hayley has a lot of heart; she’s a verbal leader,” Miller noted.
Defense will be crucial in the matchup against Scott Central and the state’s leading scorer Victoria Vivians. The scoring machine averages 40 points per game and had a career-high 62-point game against Lake this season.
While focusing on Vivians in practice this week, Potts Camp also tweaked its own game.
“We’ve focused on our game, our style,” Miller said. “That’s going to help us get to where we want to be.”