Jonesboro prepares to hit the road

From Staff Reports

The undefeated and No.1-ranked Jonesboro Lady Cardinals will spend part of the Christmas holidays playing in a basketball tournament at Woodward Academy.

When the regular season resumes, head coach John Kovzel's team will spend a whole lot of time on the road as eight of the team's 12 games are are away from Jonesboro High School.

Tourney Time: The annual Henry County Classic is a long-time holiday tradition for basketball fans in the Southern Crescent.

Starting Saturday, the holiday even returns to Henry County High School again as eight teams via for the tournament title in the boys and girls divisions.

Fayette County, Jackson, W.D. Mohammed, Lovejoy, Forest Park, Newton County, Union Grove and Henry County will all participate in this year's event.

Forest Park, Newton (girls) and Chapel Hill (boys). Union Grove and Henry County won 't play their first games until Monday.

Below is the schedule for the first round:

Saturday, Dec 18:

Fayette vs. Jackson, 2 p.m. (girls):

Fayette County vs. Jackson, 3:30 p.m. (boys)

W.D. Mohammed vs. Lovejoy, 5 p.m. (girls)

W.D. Mohammed vs. Lovejoy, 6:30 p.m. (boys)

Monday, Dec. 20:

Forest Park vs. Newton County, 4 p.m. (girls)

Forest Park vs. Chapel Hill, 5:30 p.m. (boys)

Union Grove vs. Henry County, 7 p.m. (girls)

Union Grove vs. Henry County, 8:30 p.m. (boys).

Playing as a team: The Mundy's Mill Tigers are 8-2 overall and are in first place in Region 4-AAAAA with a 4-0 league record. One of the reasons Mundy's Mill is off to a solid start this year is teamwork.

"In an era of 'me basketball' it's a pleasure to see guys who work hard, love each other and play well together," Mundy's Mill head coach Tu Willingham said. "They play as a team."

Mundy's Mill is coming off a 70-47 victory over Lovejoy Tuesday. The Tigers get back into action Dec. 27 at the Salem Christmas Classic.