By Anthony Rhoads
The Jonesboro boys basketball team is young and inexperienced this season, but you wouldn't have known it in Tuesday's 60-19 victory over Paideia in the Mt. Zion Tip-off Classic.
Sophomore Brandon Lucas led the way with 18 points,10 of which came in the first quarter.
"Last year we told him to play within himself and to get the ball to Toney (Douglas, who is now a freshman at Auburn)," Jonesboro head coach Mack Cain said. "This year, we told him he doesn't have No. 23 to pass to and he's going to have to come through for us. He's playing excellent basketball for us. He's playing hard and playing good defense; he's kind of our leader out there."
Jonesboro sprinted to a 24-0 lead and Paideia avoided being shut out in the first quarter by making two free throws. Jonesboro led 24-2 at the end of the first quarter and 39-7 at halftime.
Jonesboro outscored Paideia 12-2 in the third to take a 51-9 lead going into the final quarter.
Jonesboro's biggest lead of the night came early in the fourth quarter when Chris Wells scored to give his team a 55-9 advantage.
Wells was second on the team in scoring with 6 points. Leandre Smith, Marcus Snell and Hendrick Clark all scored 5 points for Jonesboro.
"We're young and inexperienced and these two wins have given us some experience," Jonesboro head coach Mack Cain said. "They've been practicing hard and working hard. This is a tough region and it's going to be tough. Our goal is to get better every time we go on the court whether it's in a practice or in a game. One of the things I like about this game is we were better than we were Saturday against McIntosh."
Jonesboro plays South Cobb Saturday at 1:30 p.m. to close out the tournament.
"This is a good group of kids and a fun group to coach," Cain said. "It's always good to win. When you have such an inexperienced group of kids out there, winning cures everything. Hopefully, it will give these guys a little bit of confidence."
Welcome back coach Turnipseed: Former Mt. Zion girls head coach Edwin Turnipseed enjoyed an exciting game Tuesday in the Mt. Zion tournament as his Fayette County girls team beat Harrison 42-41.
"They've done everything I've asked as far as working hard and executing," Turnipseed said. "They will always keep fighting; they expect it from themselves. I enjoy watching them."
Turnipseed resigned from Mt. Zion mid-way through last season to take an academic advisor job at the University of Georgia but he came back into the high school ranks this year at Fayette County High School.
In addition to coaching girls' basketball, Turnipseed is an assistant coach for Tommy Webb on Fayette County's football team. Webb is a former Riverdale and Jonesboro head football coach.
"I enjoy it," Turnipseed said.
Today's games: The Fayette County and South Cobb boys play today at 4:30 p.m. while Mt. Zion will close the night with a doubleheader against McIndosh. The girls game will begin at 6 p.m. while the boys game will start at 7:30 p.m.