Cardinals stun Mustangs with 58-50 comeback victory

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

By Joshua Kraeger

Special to the Daily

The Jonesboro Cardinals put a damper on the Morrow Mustangs' senior night by coming back in the second half to secure a 58-50 road victory Friday night.

The first half was all about the Mustangs, as they jumped out to a 29-16 lead to start the game. 17 of Morrow's 29 points came from sophomore standout center Dante Ottley, who also had 10 first-half rebounds.

The Cardinals' 12-2 record in region play seemed to be in jeopardy but just as they have all season long, they found a way to fight back. Jonesboro jumped out to an early advantage in third-quarter scoring, outscoring the Mustangs 15-4 to open the second half of play.

The Cardinals were able to keep the pressure on, scoring five more points to pull the game within two at 38-36 going into the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter was a tight match-up, with each team exchanging pivotal shots until Jonesboro's defense, in particular that of sophomore point guard Cameron Sutton, made a stand and took over the game. The momentum was gone from the Mustangs as Jonesboro started expanding its lead. The exclamation point on Jonesboro's run was a monstrous tomahawk dunk on a fast break by senior small forward James White that brought the noise to a deafening level.

Morrow threatened after a technical foul on Jonesboro gave it a chance to bring the game close, but it was unable to capitalize and the Cardinals ran the clock down to steal the senior night glory from the Mustangs 58-50.

Jonesboro was led by senior Rasham Suarez with 17 points and four rebounds. Ottley led Morrow with 18 points and 15 rebounds.

Jonesboro (19-3) travels to Mundy's Mill Saturday in a pivotal region match-up. Morrow (11-12) will look to rebound Tuesday night when they travel to Mundy's Mill.

Morrow 50 Jonesboro 42 (girls)

The Lady Mustangs took the momentum in the second half to secure a 50-42 victory on senior night Friday at home.

Jonesboro jumped out to an early lead thanks to the hot shooting of sophomore point guard Victoria Florence. Florence scored eight points in the opening quarter, matching Morrow's total and helping Jonesboro to a 16-8 lead.

Morrow started to move the ball around in the second quarter, and a total team effort cut the Cardinals' lead in half. The Mustangs trailed 23-19 at the half but they had the momentum on their side going into the half.

The third quarter showcased Morrow's defensive intensity and fast break opportunities led to it outscoring Jonesboro 13-9 in the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Lady Mustangs put any doubt to rest as they outscored the Lady Cardinals 18-10 to secure the 50-42 victory on senior night.

Morrow (10-13) will travel to Mundy's Mill Tuesday for their final game of the regular season. Jonesboro (12-10) will travel to Mundy's Mill Saturday for a game with playoff implications.