CAMDEN By PATRIC FLANNIGAN
It wasn’t easy.
The Camden Fairview basketball program was able to avenge losses on its senior night by raining on Monticello’s.
The Lady Cardinals won in overtime 56-54 while the varsity Cardinals won 65-49.
The Lady Cardinals took its first lead of the game after trailing 9-5. Jayla Jackson found a trailing Tai’Sheka Porchia for a lay up to give C.F. a 10-9 lead. C.F. Head Coach Johnny Jackson used his depth early as Madison Thurmon, Tania Dandridge and Jiyha Jefferson combined for 10 bench points in the first quarter to help give the visiting team a 16-11 at the end of the first quarter. Monticello climbed back into the game and only trailed by one-point before C.F. ended the half on a 7-2 run and took a 25-19 lead into the half.
The Lady Cardinals really took control in the third. The defense limited the athletic Monticello team to just eight points while C.F. exploded for 19 points.
But the game proved to be far from over.
The Lady Cardinals attempted to slow the game down and the aggressive Monticello squad took advantage. It didn’t help that C.F. went 3/7 from the free throw line that led to quick buckets for Monticello. Anna Dawson hit two critical free throws in the fourth that tied the game at 47 at the end of regulation.
In overtime, it was Dawson, Tai’Sheka Porchia and Raven Porchia that put together nine, much needed points for the win. Monticello had a long shot at the end of the game but the ball was short and C.F. claimed the win. Tai’Sheka Porchia led the team with 1 points and 6 rebounds. Dawson and Jayla Jackson added 10 points each while Raven Porchia (eight rebounds), Jefferson and Thurman scored seven points a piece. Dandrige finished with six.
Cardinals roll against Monticello
The varsity Cardinals controlled the action wire-to-wire against Monticello last Friday.
The Cardinals welcomed back starting point guard Dashaire Ford-Burton after recovering from the flu and the improvement in offensive execution was evident. Qway Thompson had a career night and scored 15 of his 27 points in the first quarter to give C.F. a 26-9 lead going into the second.
The lead would expand to 42-22 at the half.
Monticello’s length and athleticism cut it to single digits in the third, but Tyree Holliman, Thompson and Jalen Moore combined for 16 points in the fourth to keep the home team at bay.
Thompson led all scorers with 27, followed by Holliman with 13. Moore finished with 11 and Ford-Burton added 7. Sophomores Javien Clemmer and Jaden Bates played big minutes and added a spark of the bench with both players combining for 7 points.
With the win, C.F Head Coach Josh Nix’s squad stands in second place in the conference.