CAMDEN By PATRIC FLANNIGAN
What goes around, comes around.
After escaping with two victories in an hostile Crossett environment earlier this month, Camden Fairview will get to return the favor as it will host the Eagles at the Birdhouse on Friday. Games will start at 6 p.m. with the Varsity Lady Cardinals (17-4, 6-1) followed by the Varsity Cardinals (9-9, 5-2).
For the first time this season, the Lady Cards will enter a game fresh off a conference loss. The Lady Cards still lead the 8-4A Region with a 6-1 record in conference play, but Warren and Star City are only a game behind, with Warren defeating C.F. in an overtime game on the road last Friday.
Several of Coach Johnny Jackson’s Lady Cardinals have been using the week to heal from injuries. While a match with the conference’s second-to-last Lady Eagles would normally be just what the doctor ordered, it’s not expected to be easy.
The Lady Cardinals defeated Crossett 44-38 after leading by as much as 13 points when the two teams met in January.
The Lady Cardinals are undefeated in conference and non-conference play at home this season (10-0).
Coach Josh Nix’s Varsity Cardinals have been trying to find some consistency. The team has improved dramatically since meeting Crossett the first time and a lot of that improvement occurred during said game. After tailing by 10 points early and going back and forth with the Eagles, the Cardinals exploded for a big fourth quarter and won the game 62-52. The Cardinals had lost four of its last five games when it played Crossett the first time and was struggling to find its identity. A hostile crowd of Eagles fans seemed to propel the Cardinals instead of distract them.
The Cardinals sit in second place along with Monticello and are entering its game against Crossett off of a 64-50 win against Warren - a team that knocked C.F. out of the winners bracket of its own tournament.
Jr. Cards sweep Woodlawn
The varsity teams had a week to rest while the JV Cards and Lady Cards and the 8th Grade Cardinals played games against Woodlawn on Monday.
Each team was victorious.
In the 8th grade boys game, Jarvis Reed, Travion King and Martavius Thomas had big games as the Jr. Cards won 53-40. The second game of the night was a nail-biter as it would take a late two-pointer by Madison Thurman to lift the JV Lady Cardinals over Woodlawn. The JV Cardinals had several players score in double figures behind Christian Strahan (27) to blast Woodlawn 90-50. Isaiah Hughes scored 12, James Jimerson scored 11, Erik Hall had 10 and Amari Southall had 10.