By Jeffery Armstrong
The Jonesboro Lady Cardinals basketball team, at press time still the No. 1 team in the state in Class AAAA, will look to start another long win streak as they face the Cedar Grove Lady Saints tonight at 6 p.m.
After losing to North Atlanta last Friday for their first loss, the Lady Cardinals righted their ship and defeated Ft. Payne (Ala.) 40-38 in the Martin Luther King Classic in Auburn to improve to 18-1 on the season. Jasmine and Jawanda Duffey led Jonesboro with 11 points each and Shad? Smith added nine to pace the Lady Cards.
Tonight's game will also be a celebration for two of the Lady Cards' senior players, Sheena Brown and LaTreace Johnson. Both players will have their volleyball jerseys retired in a ceremony at halftime of the girls game against Cedar Grove. Johnson and Brown are the first volleyball players in Clayton County to sign college scholarships - they will head to Brewton-Parker College in the fall.
The other ranked girls team in the county - the Riverdale Lady Raiders - hosts the Lithonia Lady Bulldogs tonight at 6 p.m. The No. 9 Lady Raiders have won four Region 2-AAAAA games in a row, including victories over ranked region opponents Stephenson and Redan.
Riverdale (11-3 at press time) is 7-1 in the region and tied with Stephenson for first place at this time.
In boys basketball action, the marquee matchup of the night will pit the 15-2 Mundy's Mill Tigers against the East Coweta Indians at East Coweta High for first place in Region 4-AAAAA. The boys game will begin at 7:30 p.m. after the 6 p.m. girls game. Mundy's Mill had to rally to defeat region foe Starr's Mill 56-48 last Friday to stay undefeated in the region at 7-0. East Coweta will be looking to avenge a 60-49 loss to Mundy's Mill earlier in the season and should the Tigers defeat the Indians again, Mundy's Mill will retain sole possession of first place.
"It's going to be a tough game for us," said Tigers head coach Tu Willingham. "We're going to have to play really well to win."
The only ranked boys team in the county, North Clayton (No. 9 in AAAA), is on a two-game winning streak after losing to South Atlanta.
The Eagles will travel to face the Washington Bulldogs at 7 p.m. and they look to keep the streak going against a Bulldogs team that isn't playing well at this time.
Other games slated for tonight include Forest Park at Columbia at 5:30 p.m., Douglass at Morrow (6 p.m.), Mt. Zion at Southwest DeKalb (6 p.m.) and Lovejoy at Union Grove (6 p.m.).