North Clayton victory like a walk in the Park

By Doug Gorman

The North Clayton boys basketball team turned Friday night's game with Forest Park into a 3-point shooting and slam dunk contest.

In the end, it all translated into a 106-31 road victory for the Eagles.

North Clayton finished the game with 13 treys in a game that was never close.

Kiara Weems hit five 3-point shots in the game, including four in the first quarter as part of the victory.

Teammate Anthony Harvey connected on four 3-point shots. Dominique Mitchell hit three 3-point shots.

Weems led the way with 23 points, Mitchell added 21 and Harvey 20 for the Eagles.

Santonio Parker led Forest Park with 11.

North Clayton led 32-10 at the end of the first quarter and 59-20 at the break. Forest Park was held to just two points in the third quarter as the Eagles led 82-22 at the end of the third quarter.

Jamal Bowers delivered three impressive dunks in the game for the Eagles, including one in the fourth quarter to give North Clayton a 100-29 lead.

North Clayton 55, Forest Park 37 (girls): The North Clayton Lady Eagles used pressure defense and an explosive third-quarter on the offensive end to turn a close game at the half into a 55-37 victory Friday night at Forest Park.

Jasmine Sykes scored 12 of her game high 17 points in the first half to pace the Lady Eagles' win. Jennifer Jefferson hit two 3-point shots and led Forest Park with 10 points.

After an 8-all tie at the end of the first quarter, North Clayton began taking control of the game.

Three times during the second quarter the Lady Panthers led by five points. Forest Park took the biggest lead of the half at 20-13 when Shaleece Bradberry hit a pair of free throws.

The second quarter ended with both teams going on 5-0 runs.

With North Clayton leading by seven, the Lady Panthers staged their comeback, cutting the lead to 20-18 on a basket by Marcquitta Head.

North Clayton then went on its 5-0 spurt, capped by a pair of free throws from Latia Williams to give the Lady Panthers a 25-18 lead.

With a second remaining, Jefferson hit the first of her two treys to cut the lead to 25-21 at the break.

North Clayton led 38-29 at the end of the third quarter.