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Morrow faces tough tests against Redan basketball teams

By Jeffery Armstrong

The Morrow Mustangs and Lady Mustangs will have their work cut out tonight as they travel to DeKalb County to face Region 2-AAAAA opponent Redan High, starting at 5:30 p.m.

The Morrow girls team will face their second ranked team in a week. The Redan Lady Raiders are currently fourth in the state in Class AAAAA with a 3-1 record, while Morrow has rolled to a 4-1 record, it's only loss coming to No. 1 Stephenson last Tuesday. The Lady Mustangs of Morrow will have to buckle down on defense, as the Lady Raiders have averaged 69 points per game in their three wins. Redan was held to 44 points in its loss to Stephenson last Friday.

The Morrow girls have ridden the shoulders of junior forward Jordan Greenleaf, who has three straight double-doubles and helped them rebound from their close loss to Stephenson with a blowout of region foe Douglass Friday. Greenleaf scored 30 points and had 16 rebounds in Morrow's 72-45 victory over Douglass.

The Morrow boys remained undefeated at 5-0 with their 73-69 victory over Douglass on Friday and look to keep their winning streak going on the road against Redan tonight at 7 p.m. Redan isn't ranked, but the Raiders made the state playoffs last year, losing in the first round to Lassiter. Morrow is not ranked either, but if the senior-laden squad keeps playing well, a state ranking could be in the near future.

Speaking of undefeated teams, both North Clayton squads remained perfect at 2-0 with wins over county rival Lovejoy last Saturday at Lovejoy. In fact, North Clayton's double-overtime win over the Lovejoy girls was Lovejoy's first loss in six games. The North Clayton Lady Eagles will try to stay undefeated as they host Region 5-AAAA cross over rival Washington tonight at 6 p.m. Washington isn't ranked, but the team lost in the first round of the state playoffs to Cedar Shoals last year. Kiara Weems has led the North Clayton Eagles in scoring during their two wins and his sharp shooting should help them against Washington tonight at 7 p.m.

The Jonesboro Lady Cardinals are 6-0 and ranked seventh in the state, but they will have to travel to face the Cedar Grove Lady Saints tonight at 5:30 p.m. with only seven varsity players due to injuries to post players Jawanda Duffey, Sheena Brown and LaTreace Johnson. Duffey could be back by Friday, but Johnson and Brown are out indefinitely.

"We'll have to do it with smoke and mirrors for right now," said Jonesboro head coach Jon Kovzel.

The Jonesboro boys will look to bounce back from its two-point loss to Mundy's Mill tonight against Cedar Grove.

It doesn't get easier for the Riverdale boys, who will have to travel to East Point to face the Tri-Cities Bulldogs tonight, starting at 6 p.m. Riverdale will have to rebound from a crushing 30-point loss to East Hall, the No. 1 team in Class AA, last Saturday to play a tough Tri-Cities team that almost made it to the finals of the Arrowhead Classic last month. The good news for Riverdale (1-3, 1-1) is that sophomore center Gani Lawal has started with a bang, getting a double-double in his last two games. Lawal had 22 points and 14 rebounds in a 69-52 win over Lithonia last Friday and 31 points and 12 boards against East Hall.

Other area games include Southwest DeKalb at Mt. Zion, Mundy's Mill at Starr's Mill and Columbia at Forest Park. All games are slated for a 6 p.m. start. The Mt. Zion girls (3-2, No. 9 in AAAA) will try to stay ranked while Mundy's Mill girls head coach Teresa Hobbs will face her former team, Starr's Mill.