By Anthony Rhoads
The Jonesboro Lady Cardinals, the No. 1 team in Class AAAA, reached the 20-win plateau Friday night with a 50-33 victory over Mt. Zion.
Jessica Pippin led Jonesboro (20-1) with 10 points while Jasmine Duffey scored nine and Jawanda Duffey added eight.
All but two Jonesboro players scored.
"We got in foul trouble tonight so we had to play a lot of our younger players," Jonesboro head coach John Kovzel said. "It's always nice seeing your younger kids play well. I think Mt. Zion came ready to play; we had trouble getting the ball inside."
Jonesboro led 13-5 at the end of the first quarter, 27-16 at the half and 37-23 going into the third quarter.
Ashauntae Bussey led Mt. Zion (6-15) with seven points.
"We'll play good and then mess up one quarter," Mt. Zion head coach Dock Gammage said. "You remove one quarter and our record is the opposite. But that's why you play 32 minutes."
Mt. Zion plays at North Clayton today at 6 p.m. for a Region 5-AAAA contest while Jonesboro travels to Mundy's Mill for a non-region game.
"The first time they played us, they played us really hard," Kovzel said. "I know they'll play us hard tomorrow."
Jonesboro 62, Mt. Zion 49 (boys): Freshman Hendrick Clark led Jonesboro (8-13) with 23 points Friday night with sophomore Anthony Sallis adding 11.
"We've been playing better every game and that's what you want," Jonesboro head coach Mack Cain said. "We have a real young team. Tonight we started two freshmen (Clark and Brandon Hoseley) and two sophomores (Sallis and Brandon Lucas)."
Montavius Jackson and Ricardo Myers scored 10 each to lead Mt. Zion (7-15).
Jonesboro led 17-9 at the end of the first quarter, 30-24 at the half and 39-31 going into the final quarter.
Even though both teams are struggling, Cain said the game is still a big county rivalry.
"(Mt. Zion head coach) Rick Moore and I are friends and it is a good rivalry game," he said. "We haven't had the best records this year but we're both still working hard. The season's not over with by any means."