By Derrick Mahone
Donovahn Jones missed the first four games of the Dutchtown basketball season as he was help leading the school's football team to a playoff run.
The Bulldogs struggled in losing their first four games as the players from the football, which reached the Class AAAA quarterfinals. Monday, Jones looked to be back in basketball shape as he led Dutchtown to an 83-71 victory over Morrow in the Chuck Miller Holiday Classic at Henry County High.
Jones, a starting safety on the football team, had 26 points in the win, 18 in the second half.
"I was mainly trying to get some easy baskets," the sophomore said.
"I feel good that we got the win over a pretty good team. Hopefully it will give us some more confidence. We need these kinds of wins."
It was the Bulldogs' third win in its last seven games to pull their record to 3-8 on the season. With the loss, Morrow dropped its sixth straight game.
"We have been struggling alittle bit," Dutchtown coach Bernard Farrell said. "Hopefully we can build on this win. We have to go straight into our region schedule when we get back in school.
We need to be on an upswing when we get back into the region."
In addition to Jones, Kellan Holiday and Joseph Shields scored 13 points each.
Jones is one of six football players on the team.
Farrell is hoping that with the success of the football team this season, the players will bring a winning mentality to the team.
Only one starter - Holiday - returns from last season's basketball team that reached the state playoffs for the first time in school history.
"Hopefully they will bring some of that winning with them," Farrell said. "After the tournament, we will have five days of practice. We want to get the football players back into shape."
The Bulldogs led throughout the contest, but was really able to take control of the game in the second quarter.
Dutchtown led 17-16 after the first quarter, but outscored the Mustangs 23-12 in the second quarter to take a 40-28 lead at the intermission.
Dutchtown stretched its lead to 61-43 heading into the final quarter after going on a 21-15 run in the third quarter.
The Mustangs seemed to be their own worst enemy in the second and third quarter by committing a combined 13 turnovers in those two periods.
It was Dutchtown's ability to protect the ball that led to the win. The Bulldogs had only three turnovers in the third quarter and four in the final period.
"The biggest issue for us has been turnovers and getting killed on the boards," Farrell said.
"We were able to keep our composure out there against Morrow. We talked a lot about how to finish the game."
Eagle's Landing (girls) 55, Ola 40: Mia Adams scored a game-high 27 points as the Lady Eagles cruised to the win with only six players in uniform. The Lady Eagles led 30-14 at the intermission.
Taylor Anderson scored 12 points to pace Ola.