North Clayton’s boys basketball team lurked through the regular season, peeking its collective head out long enough to hand Lovejoy its only Region 4-AAAA defeat, then went back into hiding.
Highs and lows. Ebbs and flows. Unexpected heroes. Juiced-up fans responding to the intensity displayed by both teams.
Drew coach Jarrod Davis wasn’t sure if it was his team’s rushing to get to the Eagle’s Landing High gym for its region tournament semifinal game, or playing mostly zone as compared to its man-to-man defense that led to Friday’s sluggish play.
Lakyha Sims played a large part in Drew’s Region 4-AAA semifinals win on Friday. The sophomore dominated the first quarter and played a large role in holding off Henry County’s second-half charge as Drew won 57-47 to advance to the region championship game.
Maybe the first-round bye wasn’t such a blessing after all.
Mundy’s Mill may have ended its region 4-AAAA tournament play the way it wanted — with a win against Lovejoy that secured the No. 3 seed from the region for next week’s state playoffs.