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Morrow girls to take on Beach in second round of state playoffs

By Anthony Rhoads

It's Sweet 16 time for the Morrow Lady Mustangs.

Morrow travels to the Macon Centreplex today for the second round of the Class AAAAA state basketball tournament. Morrow takes on Beach at 7 p.m.

Morrow (22-6) beat Starr's Mill 60-42 last Friday to in the first round with Jasmine Parker lead the way with 20 points and Jordan Greenleaf adding 14.

Beach beat Tift County 52-38 last week wit Tiffany Williams scoring 25.

"I think more than anything we're both similar in style," Jenkins said. "I think go be the team that plays the smartest game tomorrow. They're very athletic; we're so similar it's going to be about the mental aspect of the game."

Morrow came into the state playoffs as the No. 3 seed out of Region 2-AAAAA. Morrow earned a trip to state by beating Douglass in the first round of the region playoffs but lost to Stephenson in the semifinals. Morrow then beat Riverdale in the consolation finals to take the third seed.

"We've been flying under the radar all season with Redan, Riverdale and Stephenson," Jenkins said. "I felt like we had a good regular season and we were third (in the region tournament.) That might have surprised some people but it's not that unexpected to us."

She added that playing in a tough region has gotten her team ready for the state playoffs.

"I think it definitely pays off now," she said. "It's a very tough region but I wouldn't want to play in any other region. It prepares you for this time of year."

Morrow is the only Clayton team playing today.

In the Class AAAAA tournament in Macon, the Riverdale girls play Glynn Academy Friday at 4 p.m.

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Former Morrow player honored at J.C. Smith

Former Morrow standout and current Johnson C. Smith University senior Lauren Goss has bee named to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association All-Conference team. Her fiance, junior John Fulton, also nabbed all-conference honors.

Goss, the heart and soul of the women's basketball program, is the team's leading scorer averaging 17.8 points per game and is just half of a point short of averaging a double-double with 9.5 rebounds per game.

She has played in every game in her college tenure and will end her career being the 4th all-time leading scorer in JCSU history with 1,551 points (as of 2-23-05).

She is nationally ranked among NCAA Division II players in three categories: points per game (40th), rebounds per game (39th) and field goal percentage (30th). She is also ranked in seven categories within the CIAA: scoring (fifth), rebounding (fifth), field goal percentage (fourth), free throw percentage (14th), blocked shots (fifth), offensive rebounds (third) and defensive rebounds (tied for sixth).

Fulton, a 6-foot-6 junior from Manning, S.C., was the team's second leading scorer and is ranked among CIAA leaders in several categories.

Fulton will be formally honored along with all of the other members of the men's all-conference team on Tuesday, March 1, in Raleigh, N.C., while Goss and the members of the women's all-conference team will be recognized on Sunday, Feb. 27, also in Raleigh.Northwest Georgia Trade Center in Dalton, the Jonesboro girls play Lakeside-DeKalb Friday at 4 p.m. and the North Clayton boys play Etowah at 8:30 p.m.