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Jonesboro’s pressure too much for Morrow

Photo by Derrick Mahone
Morrow coach Yolanda Jenkins tries to plead her case to an official during a second-quarter timeout in the Lady Mustangs’ loss at Jonesboro on Friday.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Morrow coach Yolanda Jenkins tries to plead her case to an official during a second-quarter timeout in the Lady Mustangs’ loss at Jonesboro on Friday.

Just before the start of the second quarter, Jonesboro coach Michael House told his team that it was time to get on a run.

The seventh-ranked Lady Cardinals did just that in the second quarter en route to a 49-28 win over Morrow Friday in a Region 4-AAAA game.

Jonesboro, which won its sixth straight game, outscored the Lady Mustangs 18-2 in the second quarter to put the game out of reach. With the win, Jonesboro improved to 18-5 overall and 15-2 in the region, heading into its regular-season final on Tuesday at Banneker.

Morrow was only able to score in double figures as a team in the fourth quarter, when the Lady Cardinals were freely substituting.

“We did a good job of pressing the ball,” House said. “I loved our rotation on the ball. We made some good decisions on the offensive end. We took advantage of our free throws to open the game up.”

Jonesboro was led by Tori Florence, who had a game-high 14 points. Kenisha Reeves, Briana Benson and Kimberly Dawkins all had seven points each for the Lady Cardinals, who are in second place in the region standings.

Jonesboro used its defense to create some offensive opportunities.

“Basically, our defense was our offense,” Jonesboro senior Jasmine Mitchell said. “We knew if we played hard on defense that the offense would come automatically. We feel like our defense has gotten better with each game.”

During the team’s current win streak, Florence has been a big offensive producer. The point guard said she has taken it as a personal challenge to become more of a leader.

“We are definitely playing as a team, and not letting any distractions get in our way,” Florence said. “We know people are out to beat Jonesboro. I felt like I had to step up my production for the team. We each have a responsibility to the team.”