By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
POTTS CAMP – It’s still the Tenesha Woods Show at Potts Camp, but she has plenty of help this season.
The senior guard scored 30 points Monday to lead the unbeaten Lady Cardinals to their fourth victory, a 64-49 decision against neighbor Hickory Flat, their Highway 78 and Division 2-2A rival in a non-division game at Carl White Memorial Gym.
“Everybody’s stepping up this year,” Woods said. “We’re all playing together. Last year, nobody else wanted to shoot.”
Against Hickory Flat (2-1), Woods got scoring help from Brittany Pitts, 12 points, and Zana Davis, 11 points.
Potts Camp coach Tana Miller says that while they still depend on Woods, she has been pleased with her entire team’s effort, one that led to a 71-68 victory last week against 3A state finalist Ripley.
“Tenesha’s our driving force,” Miller said. “She can play anywhere. She can knock down the 3s and works hard under the basket.
“Tonight Brittany Pitts and Zana Davis had some good minutes. Last year, we used to just find Tenesha. This year, Tenesha feels the pressure is off her.”
Potts Camp used its zone press to force some early turnovers and built a 17-8 lead in the first quarter.
Woods scored 19 of her points in the first half to give the Lady Cardinals a 33-16 halftime lead. She connected on two of three 3-pointers in the half.
(B) HICKORY FLAT 47, POTTS CAMP 44: The Rebels (2-2) forced two late turnovers and Kadarius Jones drove the baseline for a layup in the final two minutes.
Jones and Tracy Reynolds connected on two crucial free throws in the final 24 seconds to seal the win.
“We had some guys step up on defense and make plays,” Hickory Flat coach Michael Seger said. “I’m proud of the way our kids finished.”