By Jeffery Armstrong
The Morrow Mustangs basketball team traveled to Henry County looking to exert a little payback for a close loss to the Warhawks at Morrow earlier in the season.
It didn't happen, however, as all five Henry County starters scored in double figures in a 92-78 victory Tuesday night in Region 2-AAAAA action at Henry County High.
Carvelle Taylor led No. 12 Henry County (16-4, 9-4 in region play) with 24 points, but he only scored four in the second half. Warhawks teammates Emmanuel Wimbush, Cornelius Edwards and Michael Rozier picked up the slack in the second half, helping Henry achieve the win.
Morrow (10-10, 7-7) did its best to stay in the game in the second half, but they didn't have an answer for Edwards' strong post play. Edwards scored 10 points in the paint, all in the fourth quarter, as he muscled his way against Morrow's guards who guarded him on switches.
Taylor scored 20 points in the first half, sparking the Warhawks to a 20-16 lead after one quarter and a big lead in the second quarter. Taylor and teammate Greg Lindsey (12 points) sank consecutive 3-pointers to give Henry a 32-18 lead and it swelled to 41-26 minutes later.
Morrow climbed back in the game with its usual pressure defense and some terrific free-throw shooting. The Mustangs shot an incredible 18-of-18 from the free throw line in the first half and cut Henry's lead to 44-37 at halftime.
The Mustangs kept the momentum going for themselves in the third quarter, going on an 8-1 run late to get within five at 54-49 with 2:50 left in the period. Jonathan Zeno and Richard "Bam" Jennings scored four points apiece to help Morrow get close.
Wimbush took over for the Warhawks. He made a short jumper, got a steal and made a nice move to go coast-to-coast and increase Henry's lead to nine at 58-49. Baskets by Wimbush and Lindsey capped the scoring for Henry and the Warhawks led 62-51 after three quarters.
Edwards and Rozier took over for Henry County in the fourth. The Warhawks did a great job of getting the ball to Edwards on mismatches with Morrow guards Calvin Goss and Eric Wilson. When the Mustangs missed shots, they couldn't get second-chance points as Rozier snagged several rebounds, especially on the defensive end.
Jennings led Morrow with 16 points, followed by Omar Stephens with 14, Goss with 13 and Zeno with 12. Wimbush scored 21 points for Henry and Rozier had 10 points and 14 rebounds.
Morrow 67, Henry County 45 (girls): The Morrow Lady Mustangs scored the game's first 14 points, led 18-3 after one quarter and cruised to a 67-45 victory over the Henry County Ladyhawks Tuesday night.
Morrow was efficient all night, needing only one hour and five minutes to defeat Henry County.
Morrow led 27-7 at one point in the second quarter and 38-19 at the half. The Lady Mustangs rolled to their biggest lead, 67-37, in the final stanza.
Sheryl Swen led Morrow (13-7, 9-5) with 17 points, followed by Jasmine Parker with 13 and Jordan Greenleaf with 11. Yetta Bailey led Henry (2-18, 0-13) with 15 points and Yolanda Evans chipped in eight.
From Staff Reports:
Forest Park 71, Pebblebrook 63(boys): Teron Thomas scored 25 and Anthony Harvey 20 to lift the Panthers to the win.
Pebblebrook 38, Forest Park 31(girls): Jennifer Jefferson scored 10 points to lead Forest Park in scoring, but it wasn't enough for the win.
Mt. Zion 39, Warner Robins 34 (girls): Whitney Linton scored 13 points and the Lady Bulldogs rolled to a 12-8 victory.
Pebblebrook 38, Forest Park 31: The Lady Panthers dropped to 10-12 overall with a seven-point loss to Pebblebrook.
Jennifer Jefferson scored 10 to lead the Lady Panthers.
Mt. Zion 51, Warner Robins 38 (boys): Anthony Snell scored 15 points to lead the Bulldogs to the victory.
Jonesboro 49, Westside 45 (girls): Kala Smith scored 15 points and was 11 of 14 from the free throw line as Jonesboro held off Westside. Shade' Smith added 11 points.
ELCA 48, Riverside Military 30: The Eagle's Landing Christian Academy basketball team might just be hitting its stride at the right time.
With its 48-30 victory against Riverside Military Academy, the Chargers have won four in a row and five of its last six.
"I think some really nice things are starting to happen to this team," said ELCA coach Jody Bailey.
Phillip Brown led the way with 12 points and Clay Reeves added 11. Jonathan Boynton turned in a great defensive effort of the Chargers, holding Riverside's top scorer to just two points.
All 17 kids played for ELCA.
Lake Dow 56, Plantation Christian 29: Lydia Ham scored 21 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for Lake Dow.