By Joshua Kraeger
Special to the Daily
In a game between two teams coming off one-point losses in the previous game, it was the Jonesboro Cardinals who emerged victorious with a 57-40 win at home over Tri-Cities on Tuesday night.
The Cardinals capitalized off many of the early turnovers by Tri-Cities, converting them into fastbreak points and building a substantial lead. The Cardinals led 14-7 after one quarter, and nearly doubled up the Bulldogs score in the first half, ending the half with a 28-15 lead.
Jonesboro's strong first-half performance was spurred by senior point guard Rasham Suarez, who scored 11 points. Senior small forward James White also played a big role, scoring 10 points.
Trailing 28-15 going into the second half, Tri-Cities attempted a comeback, but it was quickly stifled by a combination of the Cardinals' lock-down defense and offensive intensity. The Cardinals poured it on in the third quarter, extending their lead to 17, but the Bulldogs were not yet finished.
A barrage of scoring from the Bulldog backcourt brought them close to a single-digit deficit, but once again the Jonesboro offense turned up the intensity and started scoring at will again. Jonesboro finished off the Bulldogs and came out with a much-needed win after a narrow loss against North Clayton.
White ended the game with 16 points, 12 rebounds and four steals, while senior small forward Jordan Enadeghe finished with 15 points to go along with his five rebounds.
Jonesboro (13-3) will look to extend their winning streak to two games when it hosts Forest Park on Friday night. Tri-Cities (6-8) plays at Riverdale Friday night.
Jonesboro 40 Tri-Cities 29 (girls)
The Jonesboro Lady Cardinals got off to a slow start Tuesday night at home against the Tri-Cities Lady Bulldogs, but thanks to a second-half comeback, the Lady Cardinals secured a 40-29 victory over the Lady Bulldogs.
Tri-Cities played tenacious defense in the first quarter, and completed their defensive stand with a strong offensive performance, ending the first quarter with a 16-5 lead. However, Jonesboro was quick to respond, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 10-8 in the second quarter to make the score 24-15 in favor of Tri-Cities.
The second half was a different story, as Jonesboro came out playing with a renewed sense of energy, and it saw results. Down 27-21, the Lady Cardinals went on a 7-0 run, led by six points from sophomore shooting guard Briana Benson. The score was 28-27 after three, with Jonesboro in the lead, and it was a lead that would not be relinquished the remainder of the contest.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Cardinals blew the game open, outscoring Tri-Cities 12-2 to walk away with a 40-29 victory. Ashley Hand also had a big game, scoring 11 points and grabbing seven rebounds.
Jonesboro (9-6) is now on a two-game winning streak and will look to keep it alive at home against Forest Park Friday night. Tri-Cities (7-7) will look for redemption on the road Friday night against Riverdale.