By Joshua Kraeger
Special to the Daily
Mount Zion managed to hold off a late comeback by Mundy's Mill to escape with a 74-68 victory at home Tuesday night.
In the first quarter neither team gave ground, staying deadlocked until the Bulldogs were able to finish the quarter strong with an 18-15 lead.
The second quarter yielded even more production for Mount Zion, as they were able to climb out to a four point lead at 34-30 after a solid team effort on the offensive and defensive ends of the court.
However, it was the third quarter in which the game was essentially decided. Mount Zion's defense was stifling, holding the Tigers to a mere six points in the entire quarter. The Bulldogs' offense exploded, scoring 17 points and extending the lead to 15 points entering the final quarter.
Mundy's Mill was down but not yet defeated, and the opening minutes of the fourth quarter were an exhibit of this. The Tigers put on a shooting clinic, outscoring the Bulldogs 14-3 in the opening minutes of the final quarter.
The Bulldogs had an answer, as they relied on free-throws to build their lead back to a substantial amount. The Tigers threatened once more in the final minute, but several free throws by Mount Zion sealed the game and its third victory of the season.
Senior small forward Austin Smith led the Bulldogs with 12 points and 14 rebounds, while point guard DeMarcus Robinson had quite the birthday celebration with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Sophomore power forward Ebere Azbuke had 23 points for the Tigers and junior shooting guard Rashad Crawford contributed 18 points.
Mount Zion (3-13) will host Forest Park on Friday . Mundy's Mill (11-10) will look to rebound at Riverdale Friday.
Mundy's Mill 72 Mount Zion 55 (girls)
The Lady Bulldogs never had a chance as Mundy's Mill massacred them Tuesday night in 72-55 road win.
Mundy's Mill junior shooting guard Brianna McQueen came out on fire, scoring 15 points in the first quarter alone. Mount Zion managed to score 16 points in the opening, but it was not enough to match
McQueen's performance and the added help of her teammates.
The Lady Tigers led 24-16 after one quarter, and after outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 17-9 in the second quarter, they held a 41-25 lead at the half.
Mount Zion managed a comeback in the third quarter, only to be shut down by the hot shooting of McQueen and her teammates, as Mundy's Mill once again outscored Mount Zion 14-13.
Mount Zion fought back again in the fourth quarter but its efforts were just not enough as the Lady Tigers maintained their lead in a 72-55 victory that gave them their 13th victory of the season.
McQueen ended two assists shy of a triple double, recording 31 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. She also added six steals and three blocks. Senior shooting guard Carniece Pugh and senior small forward Kristina Bridges chipped in 13 points a piece.
Mount Zion was led by senior small forward Camille Hankerson's 16 points and five rebounds. Freshman point guard Tynesha Parks also contributed 13 points.
Mundy's Mill (13-5) will travel to Riverdale Friday in hopes of extending its winning streak. Mount Zion (5-15) will host Forest Park on Friday.