Henry County cruises to Region 4-AAA win over Jackson

Photo by Jerry Jackson
Jonesboro guard Briana Benson looks to score in the first half of the Lady Cardinals’ 49-34 win over North Clayton on Friday.

Photo by Jerry Jackson Jonesboro guard Briana Benson looks to score in the first half of the Lady Cardinals’ 49-34 win over North Clayton on Friday.

Xavier Russell scored 17 points and teammate Sheldon Williams added 15 to lead Henry County to a 95-52 win over Jackson in a Region 4-AAA contest.

The Warhawks jumped to a quick 20-6 lead and never looked back. Jackson High started the game down a point after Henry County made a technical foul shot due to a uniform infraction by the Red Devils.

Jackson was led by LaDarian Spivey, who had 12 points, before being ejected late in the third quarter. The Red Devils pulled their starters in the fourth quarter as Henry County was well on its way to the victory.

Henry County improved to 9-6 overall and 4-2 in the region as Jackson fell to 1-12 and 0-7.

Alcovy (boys) 85, Dutchtown 58

Dutchtown started the game with the momentum as two turnovers led to two scores, including a big dunk by Donovahn Jones, who led the all scorers with 23 points.

However, Alcovy’s Michael Tucker and Derrius Mathis had the hot hand. Tucker finished the first half with 15 points with Mathis scoring 14 — 12 coming from the beyond the arc — as the Tigers took a 44-27 lead.

“They can shoot it for sure. The numbers haven’t shown it because we’re not shooting well, but they’ve been shooting well lately,” said Alcovy boys head coach Eugene Brown.

Both teams started the second half running up and down the court but Alcovy was able to score a little bit more and built its lead to 63-33.

“We thought we had to change our style, we were pressing a little bit too much, they guys were getting tired and didn’t have anything left on the floor,” said Brown. “So we’re pushing it back a little bit and they are able to stay out there a little but longer and have more freshness in their legs.”

With Alcovy playing mostly his bench, the Bulldogs were able to close the gap to 65-46 before Mathis ended the threat with his sixth 3-pointer to make it 68-46 with the rest of the starters on the floor.

“They were getting some open looks. I think we were getting lax a little bit and didn’t close out on some guys. We had a little moment when we acted like the game was over,” said Brown.

Mathis and Tucker finished the night with 22 points with Devon Edwards scoring 14. Also hitting double-digit scoring for Dutchtown with 14 points was Montrez Metts.

Jonesboro (girls) 49, North Clayton 34

Ashley Hand scored 11 points to lead the Lady Cardinals to their fourth straight win.

Jonesboro improved to 10-3 overall and 7-1 in the region to remain in second place behind Forest Park.

North Clayton (6-4, 5-2) lost its third straight game despite getting 10 points from Ali Anderson.

Alcovy 40 (girls), Dutchtown 23

Alcovy learned that it’s hard to win when your top shooter is shutdown. That’s what happened to Dutchtown as their top scorer, Domonique Clune, was held to eight points in a 40-23 loss on the road. She also scored all six points of the Lady Bulldogs’ six first-half points. Responsible for Clune’s lack of production was primarily because of Kate Palo.

Strong Rock (girls) 41, Eagle's Landing Christian 19

Candler Gregory scored 16 points to lead the Strong Rock Lady Patriots to an easy 41-19 victory over the Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy Lady Chargers in the first Region 9-A game of the season for both teams.

Strong Rock dominated throughout the first three periods, leading 13-4 after one, 24-8 at halftime, and 36-12 after three.

Gregory alone outscored ELCA’s team 12-8 in the first half.

The Lady Chargers were led in scoring by Bre Laney with seven points and Casey Durham added five. Strong Rock also got eight points from Jaclyn Stuart.

Eagle's Landing Christian (boys) 44, Strong Rock 34

Aaron Spratlin and Scott Barlow each scored 10 points to lead the Chargers to the victory.

Each of the boys’ teams was looking for something positive to end a negative stretch. Strong Rock came into the game on a six-game losing streak, while ELCA had lost five of its last six after a four-game winning streak to start the season. It was the Chargers who broke out of the gate in a wild gallop to build a huge lead.