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Ola defeats Union Grove 55-47

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Mundy’s Mill guard Moneshia Dyer tries to split two Morrow defenders in the first half of a Region 4-AAAA game on Friday.

Photo of Jerry Jackson Mundy’s Mill guard Moneshia Dyer tries to split two Morrow defenders in the first half of a Region 4-AAAA game on Friday.

Deonta Nocks scored 13 points as Ola snapped a four-game losing streak for a 55-47 win over Union Grove in a Region 3-AAAA, Div. A contest.

Andrew Caldwell had 10 points and Victor Griffin and Ty Bull scored eight points each as the Mustangs won their 11th game of the season. This ties a school record for most wins in a season for the program.

The Mustangs take on subregion leader Alcovy on Tuesday.

Luella (boys) 60, Stephenson 51: Friday’s Region 2-AAAAA matchup between Stephenson and Luella brought together two teams searching for an identity this season.

Coming into the game on a three-game losing skid, Luella was looking for some positive momentum as it heads into the final weeks of the season.

Nyrryk Evans’ 20 points led Luella. Temarcus Blanton had 14 for the Lions. Derrick Harper scored 21 for Stephenson.

Lions coach Jamond Sims was pleased with his team’s effort.

“This was one of those wins we needed to get back on track,” Sims said. “We got off to a fast start this season, and then seemed to lose focus. The coaching staff did a great job getting the guys back to the fundamentals this week in practice.”

Union Grove (girls) 48, Ola 41: Union Grove was able to overcome its cold shooting and turnovers to get a come-from-behind win over rival Ola on Friday in a Region 3-AAAA, Div. A game.

The Lady Wolverines took 81 shots but made just 17 for a dismal 21-percent shooting night. Ola wasn’t much better as it made 20 percent of its 44 shots.

By the time the game ended, Ola had committed 33 turnovers, which allowed Union Grove to get the comeback victory.

Ola (10-12, 2-7 in 3A-AAAA) built an 11-0 lead that ended when Union Grove’s Elliotte Roberts put in an offensive rebound with 2:12 remaining in the first quarter ended with the Lady Mustangs leading 14-6.

The lead grew to 24-9 on eight straight free throws for Ola.

Roberts led Union Grove with 12 points, 13 rebounds and three steals. Ashlyn Fluker had 10 points, and Treva Hickey grabbed 10 rebounds. Union Grove outrebounded Ola 55-45.

Ola was led by Taylor Anderson’s 13 points and five steals. Laura Carter took game-high honors in rebounding with 14.

Mundy's Mill (boys) 82, Morrow 76: Khari Hobbs scored 24 of his 28 points in the second half as Mundy’s Mill overcame several late turnovers to defeat the Morrow in a Region 4-AAAA contest.

The game hung in the balance the entire fourth quarter until Hobbs poured in 14 points. Morrow led 32-28 at halftime. Three minutes into the third quarter, the Tigers took the lead 39-35. But by the end of the period, the Mustangs rallied to take the lead 52-51.

At that point, Hobbs took the Tigers’ offense on his shoulders. But even with Hobbs’ second-half heroics, Mundy’s Mill needed clutch free throws by Darrius Sizemore and Mike Florez to hold off a rally by the Mustangs.

Mundy's Mill (girls) 45, Morrow 37: Brianna McQueen scored 15 of her 20 points in the first half as Mundy’s Mill built a 30-17 lead. Alana Fraley added six, and Kelsey Arnold, Shannon LaRoque and Moesha Dyer each chipped in four.

Mundy’s Mill created several turnovers using a variety of defenses including a man-to-man, a 2-1-2 zone and a zone press.

Keisha Campbell and Shandarin Beasley carried the Morrow offense with nine and eight points, respectively. Mundy’s Mill improved to 15-4 overall and 9-2 in the region as the Mustangs dropped to 8-11 and 6-5.