Potts Camp had several opportunities to top Ingomar in their divisional battle Friday night, but the Falcons overcame several obstacles to defeat the Cardinals in overtime, 64-62.
The Cardinals took a late one-point lead, 55-54 and LaQuain Foster tied the game to send it to the extra period. Once in overtime, Tanner McCollum took over scoring the Falcons’ first three points, and with the help of Foster, Ingomar built a 61-57 lead.
“Tanner made some big plays there at crucial times, made some free throws and a tough lay up, so he came through like he’s capable of doing, and a lot of them went above and beyond,” Ingomar head coach Norris Ashley said.
After free throws by Steven Foster, Curry Lajohn made it a one-point game with his three points, but Wesley Jumper connected on one of his shots from the penalty stripe, and the Falcons would hold on for the win.
Early on, the game was in favor of Potts Camp, as the Cardinals built an 11-2 lead in the first quarter before Ingomar first cut the deficit to five and eventually outscored the Cards 17-8 to end the frame tied at 19.
“Rebounding and free throws got us in a pretty deep hole, then we started rebounding a little better and stopped them from scoring, and we started scoring a little ourselves,” Ashley said. “We missed a lot of free throws in the game, but fortunately we overcame those with a lot of effort. They out-rebounded us, but we overcame that with a lot of hustle on loose balls.”
Ingomar took their first lead in the second quarter, but would remain in a tie at the end of each frame, including a third quarter that saw the Falcons hold the ball for the remaining three minutes.
“What people don’t know is that I had four people with three fouls in the third quarter,
and I couldn’t afford to have any of them foul out of the ballgame; plus we’ve been getting tired at the end of ballgames,” Ashley said. ‘They let us rest for about three minutes, and that gave us some rest, and it also gave us the chance to play a normal game, because I didn’t have to worry about anyone fouling out.”
Jumper led the Falcons with a game-high 22 points, followed by McCollum with 12 and 11 from both Kensey Stout and Denzel Siddell.
For Potts Camp, Lavonte Richmond led with 21 points, followed by Antonio Love with 18 and 17 from Javaughn Jones.
The win helps Ingomar, who are now 1-1 in division play after falling to Myrtle.
“Every division game is big, and when you have them at home, you need to win it, so it makes a big difference,” Ashley said. “I was proud of our kids for fighting back, because that’s one of those games that could go either way, and at one time, I thought they had it and we fought back. All these guys are still learning how to play the game, and it’s a great lesson to learn a big ballgame.”
Potts Camp 47 Ingomar 44 (girls)
The Lady Falcons also battled in a close game, with Potts Camp edging the Lady Falcons, 47-44.
Down five with less than a minute remaining, Reid Little got the rebound off her missed free throw and connected on a three-pointer to make it a two-point contest. The Lady Cardinals connected on one more free throw by Zana Davis, and the Lady Falcons were unable to tie the game.
The Lady Falcons took a one-point lead to the half, 20-19, and led going into the final frame. Davis and Tierica Tunstall each led Potts Camp with five fourth quarter points, as Potts Camp opened the quarter on an 8-0 run to take the lead.
Davis scored a game-high 21 points to lead Potts Camp, while Shelly Grisham scored 12 points to lead Ingomar, followed by 11 points from Little and Kayla Stevens.