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Mundy’s Mill girls pull away in fourth to beat Morrow

Photo by Jerry Jackson
Mundy’s Mill guard Brianna McQueen tries to fight through Morrow defenders led by Deja Jackson (left). McQueen scored 21 points to lead Mundy’s Mill to a 54-43 victory in the regular-season finale.

Photo by Jerry Jackson Mundy’s Mill guard Brianna McQueen tries to fight through Morrow defenders led by Deja Jackson (left). McQueen scored 21 points to lead Mundy’s Mill to a 54-43 victory in the regular-season finale.

If Morrow had a little more offensive punch, it might rank among Region 4-AAAA’s most dangerous girls basketball teams.

“That’s been our Achilles’ heel,” coach Yolanda Jenkins said Tuesday. “When it comes to games won and lost, we can compete on the defensive end, but keeping up in offensive production is where we struggle the most.”

Except for games against Tri-Cities and Banneker, the two teams at the bottom of the region standings, Morrow hasn’t scored more than 50 points in a contest since a four-game stretch in December. The inability to put the ball in the basket haunted the Lady Mustangs again in their regular-season finale, Senior Night at their Green and Gold House.

Brianna McQueen scored 21 points and Moneisha Dyer added 13 as Mundy’s Mill squeezed out enough offense for a 54-43 victory, its fourth in a row, and secured the third seed for the region tournament.

“Morrow is one of those teams with a legitimate shot at winning the region or at least going to state,” Mundy’s Mill coach Tu Willingham said. “They showed us they could play. It was not our best game but some of that is because of Coach Jenkins’ adjustments.”

Willingham lauded the blue-collar work of his front-court players — Tattiyana LaRoque, Shannon LaRoque and Khadijah Page — in keeping Morrow at bay.

“Our post players are not offensive juggernauts, but they’re at the right place at the right time to defend,” Willingham said. “In a day of me, me, me, they understand that what they do is germane to our success.”

The Lady Mustangs (9-15, 7-11), who had one player in double figures — senior Tierney Haythe with 11 points — kept it close after one quarter, trailing only 13-10. Mundy’s Mill threatened to run away in the second, sprinting to a 30-16 halftime lead before Morrow tightened up its defense in the third.

“We were flat in the first four minutes of the third quarter, but that was a matter of some of Coach Jenkins’ adjustments,” Willingham said. “Any time you can come to Morrow and get a win, it’s a good thing.”

The Lady Mustangs rallied to within six by the end of the third quarter, trailing 39-33, and had hoped to make things even more interesting in the fourth quarter. Mundy’s Mill, however, buckled down on defense and made things hard on the Lady Mustangs, whose next highest scorer was Shadarian Beasley with eight.

“We just have such long spurts when we can’t score,” Jenkins lamented. “We couldn’t bring it back closer because they were such good foul shooters.”

Morrow dropped into a three-way tie for sixth in the region with Riverdale and Mount Zion. Morrow split its games with Mount Zion and beat Riverdale in their only meeting, going 2-1 in those three games. Riverdale also went 2-1, beating Mount Zion twice. Mount Zion went 1-3 head to head with the other two.