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North Clayton girls end losing streak

By Jeffery Armstrong

Clutch shots by Shaleece Bradberry and good free-throw shooting down the stretch helped the North Clayton Lady Eagles basketball team defeat the Mt. Zion Lady Bulldogs 51-46 Friday night in a Region 5-AAAA crossover game at Mt. Zion High.

The win by the No. 10 Lady Eagles put a halt to their four-game losing streak and put them at .500 for the season (7-7 overall).

North Clayton now prepares to face the Riverdale Lady Raiders (No. 9 in Class AAAAA) tonight. Mt. Zion falls to 5-10 on the year.

Michelle Keith led North Clayton with 15 points and sank three of four free throws in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Bradberry added 12 points and 10 rebounds and she made some big plays in the fourth.

When Mt. Zion's Dee Dee Pearce tied the game at 43 with a free throw, Bradberry sank a 12-footer to give North Clayton the 45-43 lead with 1:40 left.

Ashauntae Bussey made a jumper to tie the game at 45 seconds later, but Keith and Bradberry both made a free throw to give North Clayton the lead for good at 47-45 with 50 seconds left.

Pearce led Mt. Zion with 10 points and Bussey and Mikayla Jordan added nine each.

North Clayton 72, Mt. Zion 48 (boys): Jamal Bowers led three North Clayton Eagles in double figures with 15 points as they blew open a close game Friday night.

North Clayton (12-3) led 34-26 at the half and only led 36-35 in the middle of the third quarter thanks to a barrage of 3-pointers by Mt. Zion's Derek Slaughter. But North Clayton went on a 14-4 run to take a 50-39 lead into the fourth quarter and put the game away.

The Eagles led 64-41 minutes into the fourth quarter and cruised the rest of the way. Shawn Christian scored 11 points and Anthony Harvey added 10 for the Eagles; Slaughter led Mt. Zion with 17 points.