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New year, same story for Clayton basketball

By Rory Sharrock

rsharrock@news-daily.com

It's a new year, but it's the same old results on the floor as Clayton teams return to competition tonight in preparation for the stretch run of the season.

Over the holiday break, while their classmates were on vacation, several clubs participated in various holiday tournaments, both near and far.

The girls and boys squads at Mundy's Mill gift-wrapped a championship trophy for the fans after clinching victories in the 23rd annual Henry County Classic Basketball Tournament, which took place at Henry County High School in McDonough.

The Lady Tigers blew out Henry County 68-44 in the championship game to improve their record to 13-1. During the tournament, the Lady Tigers were never challenged, dropping 74 points per game and posting an average scoring margin of 33.6 points.

This was the first-ever championship for the girls varsity team in school history.

Three seniors received all-tournament honors including forwards Timethia Bennett, Sarah Omotayo and guard Thea Doughty. Sophomore guard Tandrea High was named most valuable player.

The No. 4-ranked (AAAAA) Mundy's Mill's boys team claimed victory after knocking off Heritage 69-53.

Senior forward Dennis Harris contributed with 18 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and four blocks en route to receiving the most valuable player award.

Along with their female counterparts, the Tigers are also 13-1. Both teams hit the road tonight to play against East Coweta.

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Jonesboro looks to return to familiar territory, the winner's circle, when it visits Mt. Zion tonight in a pivotal midseason Region 4A-AAAA game.

Last weekend, the seventh-ranked (AAAA) Cardinals fell to Cedar Shoals 51-46, snapping a four-game winning-streak.

On Dec. 20, Jonesboro traveled south for the Savannah Christmas Tournament. After falling to the host-Savannah Blue Jackets, who are currently undefeated, the Cards rebounded with consecutive wins over Strom Thurmond and North Augusta, both of which are located in South Carolina.

The Lady Cards played in the Jones County Holiday Tournament and split two games, beating the Lady Hounds 48-43 in the first round. However, the team later fell to Sandy Creek 69-62.

Currently, the boys sit comfortably atop the standings in Region 4A-AAAA at 4-0. The girls, however, are in second place at 3-1 behind No. 1-ranked (AAAA) North Clayton, who stands at 4-0 in league play.

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Clayton County schools were also on display in the Peach State Classic, which took place at Morehouse College. Among the teams in the tourney were the girls from Lovejoy, North Clayton and Morrow.

The Lady Mustangs proved to be the best of the group after beating No. 5-ranked (AAAA) Mays 35-27 in the consolation game.