By Jeffery Armstrong and Anthony Rhoads
Watch out for the Lady Panthers: The Forest Park Lady Panthers are going into tonight's contest against North Clayton with a 10-12 record. If they can upset the state-ranked Lady Eagles, Forest Park will match its highest win total in nearly 10 years.
In 1995, Forest Park won 11 games and until this year, the Lady Panthers had not able to break the 10-win plateau. Forest Park's last winning season was in 1994, when the team went 16-8.
We're fans, too: Several members of the North Clayton boys basketball team watched the Clayton State men's basketball team play Columbus State last week. The game was close and the North Clayton players got into the game like most of the fans did. In fact, North Clayton center Josh Brewster, who knows several of the Clayton State players, jumped out of his seat when Kevin Young banked in the game-winning shot with 0.9 seconds remaining.
Mt. Zion boys' head coach Rick Moore was on hand Wednesday to see his former player, Lamar Rodgers, be a key contributor in Clayton State's win over Armstrong State.
Rodgers made four 3-pointers and scored 13 points.
"He's shooting the lights out," Moore said.
Injury report: Morrow forward Ronald Aguilar has had a pretty tough week. He was slapped with a two-game suspension for a flagrant foul Jonesboro's Toney Douglas on Jan. 16. In his first game back from suspension (Jan. 23), Aguilar suffered an ankle injury against Stockbridge. Morrow head basketball coach Jay Livingston said Aguilar's ankle wasn't broken and he should be back for the Region 2-AAAAA tournament in February.
Injury report, part 2: The Eagle's Landing girls have had a tough time scoring this season and one reason is the fact that junior Hayley Ferrell hasn't been on the court. Ferrell tore the ACL in her knee last month and is not only out for basketball, but she will also miss the soccer season.
The Jonesboro boys might have to do without Darrell Robertson for the rest of the season.
Robertson was in a car wreck Saturday, suffered a concussion and received cuts on the face and leg. Robertson has verbally committed to play football at Florida State and is expected to make it official on National Signing Day on Wednesday.
What happened?: Henry County senior forward Michael Rozier said he is proud of the way the 12th-ranked Warhawks are playing, but he's mystified about one thing: his jump shot. Rozier said he has no explanation for his lack of outside shooting this year. He's hit only two 3-pointers this season, way down from his sophomore and junior seasons.
"I can't figure it out n I guess I'll just settle for the putbacks and garbage baskets," Rozier said. "I'll pass the ball to my teammates Carvelle [Taylor] and Greg [Lindsey]. They're the shooters."
He's eating his Wheaties: Henry County coaches are extremely pleased with the way Warhawks center Cornelius Edwards has been playing lately. In last Saturday's game against the Houston County Bears, Edwards had a big dunk on one of the Bear players that drew raves from everyone on the team.
"Not only did he dunk on him, he also sat on his head," said Warhawks forward Michael Rozier.
Ranked: Southern Crescent teams that are ranked this week in the gabasketball.net state coaches' poll include the North Clayton girls (No. 10, Class AAAA), the Riverdale girls (No. 11, Class AAAAA), Jonesboro (No. 15, Class AAAAA), Stockbridge (No. 5, Class AAAAA) while the Lovejoy and Henry County boys are tied for 12th-place in Class AAAAA.