Jonesboro splits against Mundy's Mill

By Anthony Rhoads

The Jonesboro girls basketball team stayed undefeated Saturday with a 42-38 victory over Mundy's Mill but they had to work for it.

Jonesboro, which is without starters LaTreace Johnson and Jawanda Duffey because of injuries, trailed 23-14 at the half and 29-28 going into the fourth quarter.

"I definitely wasn't pleased with the effort," Jonesboro head coach John Kovzel said. "It's hard to stay focused from a big win and we were definitely not motivated tonight. We came out flat."

Jonsesboro (6-0, 1-0) beat North Atlanta, the No. 3-ranked team in Class AAAA, 50-49 Friday night but it was a costly victory as Johnson hurt her ankle and Duffey hurt her knee.

"Right now, we're physically beat up," Kovzel said.

"(North Atlanta) was really a physical game. It was an unbelievable win; any time you beat a state-ranked team, it's a big win."

In the third quarter of Saturday's game against Mundy's Mill, Jonesboro was down by double digits but began to make a surge in the second half of the quarter.

With 3:45 remaining in the fourth quarter, Shade' Smith gave Jonesboro a 34-33 lead when she made a basket. Jonesboro led from that point on.

Jasmine Duffey led Jonesboro with 14 with Sheena Brown scoring 10 and Smith adding 9 points.

Mundy's Mill's Essence Brown led all scorers with 16 while Kim Jackson scored 10.

"Mundy's Mill is a great team and coach (Teresa) Hobbs is a great coach," Kovzel said. "I have the utmost respect for her; she had her kids ready to play tonight."

It was the first time Jonesboro had played Mundy's Mill. Mundy's Mill, Clayton County's newest high school, opened in 2002.

"A lot of our kids know them but we never played them before," Kovzel said.

Mundy's Mill 44, Jonesboro 42 (boys): Kent Dorsey led Mundy's Mill (4-2) with 10 while Brandon Robinson scored 9. Corey Kimbro and Jeremy Mahaffey scored 7 each.

Brandon Lucas led Jonesboro with 18, 10 of which came in the fourth quarter.

Mundy's Mill led 12-4 at the end of the first quarter and 24-12 at the half.

Jonesboro outscored Mundy's Mill 9-5 in the third quarter and trailed 31-21 going into the fourth.

Lucas scored on a three-point play to bring Jonesboro to within four (43-39) with 1:39 remaining.

With 42 seconds remaining, Jonesboro's Brandon Hoseley scored to makeit 43-41.

Dorsey was fouled with 18 seconds remaining and sank a free throw to give Mundy's Mill a 44-41 advantage.

As time was running out, Lucas attempted a 3-point shot but was fouled with 1.5 seconds remaining.

Lucas made one of the free throws to bring the score to 44-42.

North Clayton 52, Lovejoy 46 (girls): Shaleece Bradberry scored 14 to lead the North Clayton girls as they beat Lovejoy in double overtime.

Shari Buford led Lovejoy with 12 points.