By Lee Wright
Special to the Daily
In a local battle of two teams needing a victory any way possible, the visiting Morrow Lady Mustangs used a fourth-quarter rally and edged rival Mount Zion 50-47 in a Region 4AAAA clash on Friday night. Morrow ended a three-game losing skid and now improves to 4-3 overall, while Mount Zion falls to 1-5 with its fourth straight defeat.
Morrow trailed 34-30 at the end of the third period, but the Lady Mustangs went to its strength in the final period with the inside combination of Shadarian Beasley and Brittany Askew. Askew was tremendous in the final period, scoring nine of her 10 points as Morrow went up by as many as six points late.
The Lady Mustangs held Mount Zion without a field goal for the first 6:22 of the fourth quarter before Rhea Heard hit a jump shot in the lane with 1:38 remaining, trimming the Morrow lead to 41-37. However, Morrow got a huge bucket off a miss free throw by Markiesha Campbell with 1:22 remaining to push its lead back to 46-41.
After Mt. Zion trimmed the lead to 46-44 with a 3-point basket by Heard and a free throw by Camille Hankerson with 25 seconds remaining, Morrow broke the Lady Bulldog. That resulted in a easy transition lay-up by Campbell to seal the victory for the Lady Mustangs.
Campbell scored 14 points to pace Morrow. She scored six in the first quarter as Morrow jumped out to a 12-7 at the end of the opening period. Beasley scored 12 points, followed by Askew with 10 points. Porshay Bussell and Tierney Haythe each added seven points for the Lady Mustangs.
For Mount Zion, Liz Mobley scored 12 points, while Hankerson scored 11 points. Mobley scored six of points in the third quarter as the Lady Bulldogs erased a one-point Morrow lead at half-time and led by as many as seven points.
Both teams are in action on Saturday. Morrow plays host to Banneker at 5:30 p.m., while Mount Zion plays host to North Clayton at 5:30 p.m.
SCHEDULE NOTE: Due a scheduling error in the boy's JV game, both girls and boys varsity games were an hour behind schedule on Friday, thus not getting the Morrow-Mount Zion boys game in by press time. At half-time, Morrow led 33-32 against its neighboring local rival.