By Doug Gorman
When Henry County head coach Clint Satterfield was in high school he was a standout basketball player at Jonesboro.
Tuesday night in a Region 2-AAAAA contest, he proved you can go home again as he returned to his alma mater and guided the Warhawks to a dramatic 78-71 victory against Jonesboro.
Carvelle Taylor came up big for the Warhawks in the fourth quarter, scoring 20 of his team-leading 25 points in the final stanza to pace his team to the win.
"He told me at the start of the fourth quarter he was ready to step it up," said Satterfield. When it was crunch time he did."
Going into the final quarter, the No.-12 ranked Warhawks trailed 53-50.
Taylor cut the lead to 53-52 to open the final quarter, then pushed the Warhawks into the lead for good on a 3-point shot.
The trey gave Henry County a 55-53 lead. He then answered with a traditional three-point play and a 58-53 lead.
Greg Lindsey's basket continued the run and pushed Henry's margin to seven points.
Despite the loss, Jonesboro senior Toney Douglas returned to form with a game-high 32-point outing.
Kenny Harris had 18 for Jonesboro.
Also scoring in double figures for Henry County was Greg Lindsey, who scored 19. Emmanuel Wimbush, who came through with a couple of key second-half shots scored 16.
Jonesboro took early control of the game in the first quarter. After four ties, Harris' basket gave Jonesboro its first lead at 13-12.
Douglas then hit a 3-point shot for a 16-12 margin.
Five straight points by Henry County gave the Warhawks a 17-16 lead.
Henry County led 36-31 at the break.
In the third quarter Jonesboro clawed its way back in the game and took its first lead since the first quarter when Harris hit a shot to put the Cardinals up 41-40.
By the end of the third quarter, Jonesboro led 53-50.
Jonesboro 66, Henry County 38 (girls): The Jonesboro Lady Cardinals sewed up the Region 2-AAAAA regular season title Tuesday night with a dominating performance against Henry County.
Henry County led 9-8 at the end of the first quarter, then the Lady Cardinals caught fire.
Using a tough pressing defense, the Lady Cardinals converted several baskets off Henry County turnovers.
Latreace Johnson hit a shot early in the second quarter to put the Lady Cardinals up 10-9 and the squad never trailed again.
Later in the second quarter, Kala Smith capped a 14-2 run with a basket to put her team up 22-11.
By the end of the second quarter Lady Cardinals led 29-16.
Johnson led the way for Jonesboro with 14, Shade' Smith scored 12 and Jawanda Duffey added 11 for the Lady Cardinals.
Cody Daniel had a rare start and pulled down 13 rebounds.
Kisha Varner scored eight points in the fourth quarter and finished with 11 points for Henry County.
Heading into the fourth quarter, the Lady Cardinals led 45-21
Duffey's basket midway through the fourth quarter gave the Lady Cardinals their first 30-point lead.
"I thought we shot the ball really well in the second half," said Lady Cardinals coach John Kovzel. "We got a lot of players into the game."