By Jeffery Armstrong
The Jonesboro Lady Cardinals girls basketball team is back in stride again.
The No. 1 team in the state in Class AAAA showed its dominance Tuesday night, romping over the Cedar Grove Lady Saints 58-25 in Region 5-AAAA Eest action at Jonesboro High. Jonesboro is now 19-1 (6-1 in the subregion) and is on a two-game winning streak after losing to North Atlanta last Friday.
There was nothing heavenly about the Lady Saints' performance on the court Tuesday. Cedar Grove couldn't make shots or free throws and had no answer for the taller and more athletic Jonesboro squad. With six points each from sisters Jasmine and Jawanda Duffey and four points from Lady Cardinals reserve LaTreace Johnson in the second quarter, Jonesboro sprinted to a 27-8 lead at the half.
The second half wasn't any better for Cedar Grove as Jonesboro raced to a 43-20 lead at the end of the third quarter. The opportunistic Lady Cards forced a bevy of Cedar Grove turnovers which led to many fast-break points, allowing Jonesboro head coach John Kovzel to empty his bench early and often. Cedar Grove turned the ball over 30 times in the game.
Jasmine Duffey led Jonesboro with 12 points, four rebounds and two blocks. Jawanda Duffey and Shad? Smith added eight apiece for the Lady Cards. Kimberly Lemons led Cedar Grove with nine points, all on 3-pointers.
After the game, Johnson and teammate Sheena Brown had their volleyball jerseys retired in a brief ceremony.
Cedar Grove 47, Jonesboro 41 (boys): Cedar Grove held Jonesboro to only five second-quarter points, turning a 14-10 deficit into a 25-19 halftime lead and the Saints held on for the road win Tuesday night. Jonesboro couldn't hit shots and the Cardinals gave up several easy baskets in the second half as the Saints took a 40-26 lead into the fourth quarter. Jonesboro made a run in the final quarter, putting a bit of a scare into the Saints. With the score 46-37 at the 3:20 mark, Jonesboro's Brandon Lucas had a steal and layup and Ed Soto had a fast-break layup to bring the Cards within five at 46-41 with 2:30 left in the contest. That was as close as Jonesboro would get, as the Cards didn't score the rest of the way.
Terrance Powell led Cedar Grove (14-6) with 16 points followed by B.J. Martin with 12. Lucas led all scorers with 18 points and snagged five rebounds for Jonesboro.