By Jeffery Armstrong
The Jonesboro Cardinals basketball team rebounded from their first loss of the season last week to defeat the Westside-Macon Seminoles 58-42 at home Tuesday night.
Jonesboro's Toney Douglas led all scorers with 23 points and he helped take over the game in the fourth quarter to give the Cardinals their fourth win in five games.
"I feel that we did well today, especially after a loss," said Douglas, who now has 1,766 career points. "I didn't force anything tonight; I let the game come to me."
The Jonesboro defense was stifling in the first half, as the Cardinals jumped on Westside 11-2 en route to a 31-15 halftime lead.
Westside hit some shots in the second half and with 5:34 left in the fourth quarter, the Seminoles cut the Cardinals lead to 41-31. Douglas hit a three-pointer and a jumper to spark a 7-0 Cardinals run to push their lead to 48-31, forcing Westside to call a timeout.
Westside caught fire after the timeout. Doctavius French and Larry Patrick sank treys and Roderick Cummings converted a 3-point play to get Westside back in the game. A key basket by Jonesboro's Ty Lewis made the score 50-40, Jonesboro, with 2:11 left in regulation.
Douglas went coast-to-coast for a layup to spark an 8-2 Jonesboro run for the final margin of victory.
"I think we got a bit tight as Westside got closer," Douglas said. "When I got the ball in crunch time, I tried to make things easier for us."
Jamal Lewis added 11 points for Jonesboro, ranked 8th in the state in Class AAAAA. Patrick had 15 points for Westside and French chipped in 13.
Jonesboro 62, Westside 46 (girls): Shade' Smith scored 12 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Jonesboro Lady Cardinals blew out the Westside-Macon Lady Seminoles 62-46 Tuesday night.
The Lady Cardinals improve to 9-0, 5-0 in Region 2-AAAAA action and are now ranked 5th in the state. Jonesboro won its first game without injured center Jasmine Duffey, who's out for the season with a detached retina.
"Playing without Jasmine has put a little more pressure on me to score, but I can handle it," Smith said. "Westside left me open and I moved without the ball tonight; I'm glad I was able to help us win."
Duffey's younger sister Jawanda (who's 6-foot-3) also helped Jonesboro win with six points and inside players LaTreace Johnson and Sheena Brown combined for nine points. Johnson snagged more than 10 rebounds to pick up the slack in Jasmine Duffey's absence.
"Our post players did okay tonight and they'll definitely have to step it up this season," said Smith. "We should be fine."
Kala Smith added 10 points for Jonesboro while Nikia Trice scored 20 points for Westside.
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From Staff Reports
Lake Dow 44, Sharon Christian 12 (girls): Lydia Ham scored 18 a and snagged seven rebounds to lead Lake Dow( 9-4, 3-0). Heidi Reagan score 12 and had seven rebounds.
Lake Dow 69, Sharon Christian 22: Jacob Young scored 23 while Joseph DeLong 14 points and snagged 14 rebounds to lead Lake Dow (6-6, 3-2).
Other standouts included Nathan Hammock with 12 points, Dustin Lane with 10 points and Chris Piner with 12 rebounds.
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