By Jeffery Armstrong
The Jonesboro Cardinals and Lady Cardinals remained undefeated in region play, posting huge road wins over Morrow Saturday night.
Jonesboro 45, Morrow 39 (girls): It looks like the Jonesboro Lady Cardinals basketball team wants to mirror the Jonesboro volleyball team with an undefeated start. The Lady Cardinals may not equal the volleyball team's 33-0 start, but they are definitely on their way with their 45-39 road victory over the Morrow Lady Mustangs Saturday night.
Freshman guard Lyrell Barfield helped Jonesboro achieve its 7-0 start with 16 points, including a huge 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. The Lady Cardinals are 3-0 in Region 2-AAAAA play.
The game was tight in the first half, as Morrow led 11-10 after the first quarter and Jonesboro held a two-point lead, 21-19, at the half. Morrow (3-3, 1-1) would've led at halftime if the team had hit its free throws n the Lady Mustangs were only 5-of-14 from the charity stripe in the first half.
The Lady Cardinals stepped it up on defense in the second half. Jonesboro's Sheena Brown and LaTreace Johnson grabbed key rebounds and Shade' Smith made big steals in the passing lanes and the team held Morrow to only two points in the third quarter.
In the fourth, Jonesboro led 42-28 at the 4:20 mark after a Smith steal and layup. Morrow pressed Jonesboro and made an 8-0 run to make the score 42-36, but Jasmine Duffey made a layup for a 44-36 lead to basically seal the game.
"I felt we had a good game and I did okay tonight," Barfield said. "We were tired most of the night, but we did what we had to do to win."
Chiquita Coleman led Morrow with 11 points, followed by Jordan Greenleaf with 10 points and two blocks.
Jonesboro 71, Morrow 55 (boys): The Jonesboro Cardinals battled back and forth with the Morrow Mustangs before pulling away in the fourth quarter to win going away, 71-55, at Morrow Saturday night. Jonesboro's Toney Douglas scored 12 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter as the Cardinals remained undefeated at 3-0 (3-0 in the region). Douglas has 1,728 career points.
The action was fast-paced all night. Both teams raced up and down the floor in the first half; neither teams' defensive schemes seemed to slow the other down. Jonesboro managed to stay ahead and take a 36-33 halftime lead.
The action tightened in the third quarter, but Douglas and Darrell Robertson took over in the fourth for Jonesboro. A 3-pointer from Morrow's Calvin Goss made the score 55-49 in favor of Jonesboro with 3:40 left in the fourth, but Douglas came right back and sank a trey to increase the lead to 58-49. Douglas and the other Jonesboro guards then did a great job of breaking the Morrow traps and feeding the ball to Robertson for layups to ice the game in the final minutes.
Robertson finished with 16 points and Kenny Harris added nine for Jonesboro. Goss finished with 17 points for Morrow and Eric Wilson chipped in 10 off the bench.