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Jonesboro guard Cameron Sutton (2) tries to use a screen set by teammate Duby Okeke (21) as Morrow’s Jordan Faciance looks to defend in the first half of the Cardinals victory on Friday.
Junior Cameron Sutton scored a game-high 22 points as fifth-ranked Jonesboro got a come-from-behind win over visiting Morrow on Friday in a Region 4-AAAA contest.
The Cardinals trailed 31-23 at the intermission. Jonesboro needed the win to keep pace with Lovejoy for first place in the region standings, heading into the final week of the regular season.
Jonesboro closes its regular season on Tuesday at Banneker while Lovejoy plays its final game on Saturday at North Clayton.
If the teams end the regular season in a tie, Lovejoy will get the top seed in the region tournament, which would give the Wildcats an automatic berth into the state playoffs.
The Cardinals improved to 20-4 overall and 16-1 in the region. It is the second straight season that Jonesboro has reached the 20-win mark.
Morrow, which got 10 points from Sahr Joe, dropped to 11-13 and 8-9.
M.L. King (girls) 65, Luella 62: Amber Mendes scored 19 of her game-high 26 points in the second half as M.L. King rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit for the win.
M.L. King scored 28 in the final period as Maya Perryman finished with 13 points and Dominique Moulton with 12.
Britney Guy’s 20 points led Luella, which led 34-21 at halftime but was outscored 44-28 in the second half. Brianna Moore added 11 points while LaGhanae Davis had 10.
Luella, which has lost three straight straight games, drops to 16-7 overall and 7-5 in Region 2-AAAAA. M.L. King improved to 6-12 and 3-9.
Henry County (girls) 42, Stockbridge 36: The Lady Hawks broke away from a close game in the first half to hold off Stockbridge in a Region 4-AAA contest.
Trailing 14-12 midway through the second period, the Lady Hawks scored eight straight points and held a lead of as many as eleven in the third quarter at 35-24.
Stockbridge clawed its way back to trail 41-36 in the fourth, but the Lady Tigers failed to score again in the last 2:07 of the game.
Deborah Hoe scored a game-high 23 points for Stockbridge before fouling out with 42 seconds remaining. Henry County, which improved to 9-14 overall and 8-6 in the region, was led by senior Natalie Harice with 14 points.
Stockbridge is 6-14 and 5-8.
Mundy’s Mill (girls) 48, Riverdale 42: The Lady Raiders were poised to spoil Mundy’s Mill’s Senior Night with an upset going into the fourth quarter tied at 30, but Brianna McQueen, who scored 17 of her game-high 22 points in the second half, would not let it happen.
The win in the Lady Tigers’ last home game of the regular season, propelled them to 18-5 overall and 14-3 in region 4-AAAA heading into Tuesday’s regular season finale at Morrow. Several Mundy’s Mill seniors were honored, including McQueen, is the school’s all-time leading scorer.
Toni Thomas and De Ana Turner paced the Lady Raiders (7-15, 6-11) with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Drew (girls) 68, Eastside 39: Maybe it was the fact that the officials were over an hour late arriving to the gym due to a scheduling mix-up. Whatever caused it, the Lady Titans opened their home game against Eastside Friday night minus their normal energy.
However, Drew was able to remain undefeated at home with the win.
The Titans ended the first quarter with a 12-7 lead having only gotten three points from leading scorer Precious Person.
Drew opened the second quarter on a 20-5 run, courtesy of nine points from Person, a Rutgers signee. She finished 24 points and 12 rebounds while fellow senior Kiara Henderson contributed 19 points.
Jazmine Cook lead the Lady Eagles in scoring with 16 points.
Drew, ranked No. 9 in Class AAA, improved to 20-4 overall and 17-1 in the region. It is the first 20-win season in school history for the defending region champion.
Drew (boys) 78, Eastside 63: Coming off their big win at home over second-ranked Eagle’s Landing on Tuesday, the Drew Titans were in line for a trap game as they hosted Eastside on Friday night.
The efforts of Rufus Brown and Antonio Garcia, who each scored 11 points, led the team to the win in the Region 4-AAA contest.
From the start, Drew’s defense was tested by quick Eastside guards Ben Miller and Demario Terrell as they easily beat the Titans’ traps and got their teammates into scoring position.