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Clayton Co. hoops erases memories of a forgettable football season

After 10 grueling weeks of watching football in Clayton County, where unfortunately there were more bad teams than good, basketball season has come to save the day and rescue my aching heart yearning to see a balanced display of competition.

Now, those sub-par gridiron teams I covered such as Jonesboro and Riverdale, along with middle of the pack North Clayton and cellar dweller Morrow, have transformed their schools into an oasis of hoops hysteria right before my very eyes.

These schools, who began the football season with Grand Caynon-sized odds to make the playoffs, know for sure they'll be playing come tournament time in February.

Currently, the boys team at Jonesboro is 4-0, while North Clayton is ranked fifth and Riverdale is ranked sixth in Class AAAA.

And just when I thought that was enough, I soon realized that my cup runneth over with talent on the girls' side.

Queen Latifah's 1989 classic hip-hop anthem, "Ladies First" best describes their action on the court as the girls at Jonesboro, North Clayton and Mundy's Mill have taken their game to a higher level with every dribble.

These female phenoms walk down the halls with a swagger in their step after jumping out to a hot start. All three teams have combined for an 11-0 record and show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Over the holiday weekend, Jonesboro and North Clayton were the toast of the town after winning in the McIntosh Bank Thanksgiving Classic and Brown Arrowhead Classic Thanksgiving Tournament respectively.

However, before my friends at Jonesboro get too excited about their basketball dominance, the folks at Mundy's Mill have a healthy argument too as to who has the top program in the county.

Along with their female classmates, the boys are also undefeated and have visions of a state championship dancing through their heads.

While the teams mentioned above live at the top of the food chain, there are those who've struggled this year, but hope to turn it around quickly.

Among them is Lovejoy, whose boys are 0-4 and girls are 1-3.

The Riverdale Lady Raiders and Morrow Lady Mustangs are also in this mix as both schools are 1-2.

And then of course there's always Forest Park.

With so many skilled athletes in the gym at one time, it's helped erase the memories from watching the football follies that took place under the lights at Tara and Twelve Oaks Stadium.

Now, just imagine if the powers that be on the Board of Education ran the Clayton County school system in the same manor as these teams run on the court.

We'd have accredited schools passing the ball to highly-accedited student-athletes for a thunderous slam dunk in the game of life.

But until that miraculous day comes, there's always an entertaining game at a local school near you.

Rory Sharrock is a sports writer for the Clayton News Daily and Henry Daily Herald. He can be reached at rsharrock@news-daily.com