By Anthony Rhoads
Mundy's Mill made history Tuesday night at Lovejoy High School.
Mundy's Mill (8-2, 4-0) beat Lovejoy 70-47, the first time Mundy's Mill has beaten its county rival.
"It's very big for our kids," Mundy's Mill head coach Tu Willingham said. "It's a big win. Any time you get a region win on the road, it's good. It's a county rivalry and Lovejoy has been the kings of Clayton County basketball for the last four or five years. Confidence-wise, it was good for us to get a win."
Tuesday's game was the fifth meeting between the two schools with Mundy's Mill taking its share of lumps. In the previous four meetings, Lovejoy had beaten Mundy's Mill by 28, 40, 42 and 32 points.
Tuesday's game was tied at 13-13 at the end of the first quarter. Early in the second, Mike Sims made a basket to give Lovejoy a 15-13 lead.
Mundy's Mill then went on an 11-0 run to take a 24-15 lead. Mundy's Mill led 33-24 at the half and 52-32 going into the fourth quarter.
Brandon Robinson led Mundy's Mill with 16. Kent Dorsey scored 14 while Corey Kimbro and Jeremy Mahaffey added 10 each. Kaymar Williams chipped in nine points.
Chris Patterson led Lovejoy with nine points, all of which came in the first quarter.
Mundy's Mill 44, Lovejoy 37 (girls): Christian Hunnicutt led Mundys Mill (7-3, 4-0) with 15 while Essence Brown and Tenesia Neal added nine each.
Shari Buford led Lovejoy with 15 with Britteny Henderson scoring nine and Rashon Gaylord adding eight points.
Lovejoy led 10-7 at the end of the first quarter and 20-16 at halftime.
Mundy's Mill managed to come back and with 30 seconds remaining in the third, Lele Loving scored to tie the game at 30-30.
Mundy's Mill opened the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run to take a 37-30 advantage.
"We're getting there even though we haven't put together four quarters of basketball in one night," Mundy's Mill head coach Teresa Hobbs said. "We're playing well as a team."
Mundy's Mill had some difficulty at the free-throw line, making just 6-of-18 foul shots in the first half and 10-of-20 in the second half.
"We struggled at the foul line tonight," Hobbs said. "We couldn't have thrown it in the ocean from the beach tonight."