By Phil Albert
Special to the Daily
Morrow and Mundy's Mill split key Region 4-AAAAA basketball contests Friday evening at Morrow, with the boys pulling away for a 65-56 win after the Mundy's Mill girls took a 68-58 win in the opener.
In the nightcap, the host Mustangs scored the final nine points in the final 3:40 to postthe victory.
The Mustangs scored the game's first 12 points as well, but the visiting Tigers posted big scoring runs to tighten the outcome.
Down 25-10, the Tigers went on an 11-2 run to cut the margin to six, 27-21. A 12-4 run cut the margin to 36-33 late in the second quarter. Early in the third quarter, down 46-35, the Tigers ended the quarter on a 13-4 run to cut the margin to 50-48 entering the final quarter.
The Tigers took the lead on a 3-pointer by Nick Allison, his only points of the evening, 53-50, early in the final quarter. But the Mustangs forced several turnovers down the stretch and lengthened out the victory.
Charles West and Mike Tyson led the Mustangs with 16 apiece and Kadarius Donaldson added 11. Dante Ottley contributed eight.
Alex Rivera netted 17 for the Tigers, but only two in the second half. Khari Hobbs came off the bench to chip in 12 points and Jarvis Moses netted nine.
In the opener, Morrow led in a tight first half, 33-30, at halftime.
But Mundy's Mill coach Lonnie Farmer changed to a 2-3 zone defense, forcing Morrow into nine turnovers in the third quarter and taking a 46-39 lead into the final quarter.
Four straight points by Brianna McQueen and a bucket by Tandrea High gave the Lady Tigers their first 10-point lead of the night, 55-45. Four of the points came after two straight Morrow turnovers.
High led all scorers with 24 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter. She hit on 10-of-15 shots from the foul line. McQueen, the super sophomore, came off the bench for 18 points, including 10-of-16 from the foul line. Kristina Bridges netted 11 and added six rebounds and Taylor Britt scored eight points and had 14 boards.
McQueen came off the bench after having missed most of the week with a virus.
"She only had one solid practice," Farmer said. "I knew this would be a physical game, and I didn't think she could start. But she started the second half for us."
Mundy's Mill hit 22-of-62 from the floor and 23-of-43 from the line. They were 0-for-6 from the line on technical foul attempts, as the Lady Mustangs were whistled for three technical fouls, including two on LaJoi Battle.
Chatil Bradford led Morrow with 19 points, including 11 in the final quarter. She also had 12 rebounds, but she was only 1-of-7 from the foul line. Tiemey Haythe added 14 points before fouling out. Battle had nine points and eight rebounds.
Morrow was 24-of-65 from the floor and only 7-of-19 from the foul line.
Mundy's Mill hosts Newnan on Tuesday and High is projected to surpass 1,000 points for her Lady Tiger career.