Photo by Jerry Jackson
Forest Park senior center Lisa Pease (15) gets a rebound among two North Clayton defenders in the first half of the Region 4-AAAA game on Friday.
Precious Person and Lakiah Sims each scored 20 points to led Drew to a 63-49 Region 4-AAA win at Stockbridge on Friday.
The Lady Titans took control midway through the first quarter and cruised to the victory. With the win, Drew improves to 9-4 overall and 5-1 in the region.
Deborah Hoe led Stockbridge with 15 points. Person’s steal and layup gave Drew the lead for good at 8-6 with 5:27 left in the first period.
Jonesboro (girls) 69, Tri-Cities 25
Victoria Florence scored 16 points and teammate Ashley Hand contributed 10 to lead the Lady Cardinals to their sixth straight win.
Alexcia Cross added eight points for Jonesboro, which improved to 12-3 overall and 9-1 in Region 4-AAAA.
Sheirra Stokes and Jhanee Glover scored seven points each to lead Tri-Cities, which lost it fifth straight game ot drop to 2-12 and 1-8.
Jonesboro (boys) 68, Tri-Cities 41
Pat Petty scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Cardinals.
Cameron Sutton had 15 points and Casey Wells added 10 points.
Forest Park (girls) 61, North Clayton 35
The eighth-ranked Lady Panthers improved to 3-4 overall and remained undefeated in Region 4AAAA with a convincing victory over North Clayton. North Clayton falls to 7-6 overall and 6-4 in the region.
“We played with more intensity tonight, and that is what got us through this,” said Forest Park head coach Steven Cole. “North Clayton is a good young team, and they frustrated us at times with their aggressiveness. But our defense was working, and that was key.”
Playing a zone and working into some half-court traps, the Lady Panthers took control with a 12-0 run in the first quarter. Ashley Cole and Raven Wynn each drained 3-point baskets, while Lisa Peace put Forest Park ahead to stay on a lay-up with 2:37 left. In the second quarter, the Lady Panthers limited North Clayton to only one field goal as Forest Park stretched its lead to 33-13 at halftime.
Wynn and Breasia McElrath each converted lay-ups, and a 3-point basket by Cole gave the Lady Panthers a 22-point lead with 1:14 remaining.
Forest Park’s largest lead of the game was 27 points in the second half.
Cole paced the Lady Panthers with 19 points, while Peace scored 11 points. Alejandra Anderson scored 10 points for North Clayton.