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‘Remarkable’ spurt leads Jonesboro girls

Photo by Derrick Mahone
Mundy’s Mill guard Keith Kent (top) and Forest Park guard Nick Crawford scramble for a loose ball during the second quarter of a Region 4-AAAA game at Mundy’s Mill. Forest Park won 52-42 to snap a two-game losing streak.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Mundy’s Mill guard Keith Kent (top) and Forest Park guard Nick Crawford scramble for a loose ball during the second quarter of a Region 4-AAAA game at Mundy’s Mill. Forest Park won 52-42 to snap a two-game losing streak.

From Staff Reports

Victoria Florence scored 16 of her game-high 33 points in a 2-minute, 15-second span of the fourth quarter, rallying the Lady Cardinals to a 65-58 victory Tuesday in a Region 4-AAAA game at North Clayton.

“That was the absolute most remarkable offensive performance I have ever seen in 10 years of coaching,” Jonesboro coach Michael House said. “Tori put the whole team on her back and put us back in the game.”

North Clayton, which led by 15 midway through the third quarter, was up 41-36 wtih 7:28 left when Florence got hot. Singlehandedly, she put Jonesboro ahead 49-41.

That began a 19-0 run — in which Florence added another 3-pointer — that gave the Lady Cardinals the lead for good.

“Phenomenal,” House said.

The Lady Eagles, led by Crystal Williams’ 19 points, got no closer than four thereafter.

— Darryl Maxie

Luella (girls) 53, Newnan 41: Britney Guy scored 16 points and LaGhanae Davis added 10 to help the Lady Lions win in the Region 2-AAAAA contest.

The Lady Lions were playing for the first time since Stephenson snapped their 11-game win streak on Friday. Luella has now won 12 of its last 13 games to improve to 16-4 overall and 7-2 in the region.

Kierra Clark had 14 points to lead Newnan, which fell to 7-12 and 0-7.

Forest Park (boys) 52, Mundy’s Mill 42: Lem Fuller scored 13 points and Costa Anderson and Darius Carmichael each added 10 points to help the Panthers to the Region 4-AAAA win.

Khari Hobbs had a game-high 17 points to lead Mundy’s Mill, which dropped to 4-13 overall and 0-10 in the region. Forest Park snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 11-8 and 8-6.

Drew (girls) 67, Jackson 4: Drew’s late arrival at Jackson on Tuesday didn’t seem to be a problem for the Lady Titans in this Region 4-AAA contest.

The Lady Titans reached the gym just 15 minutes before tip-off.

Once the game got started, Drew standout guard Precious Person helped the fifth-ranked Lady Titans dominate in a 67-4 win for their fifth straight win.

“We still get off to mediocre starts, I want us to send a message from the very beginning of every game,” Drew coach Candence Jackson said. “We have to play all four quarters.”

Drew scored on its first four possessions to take an early 8-0 lead and never looked back. Turnovers from the aggressive Lady Titans’ full court pressure quickly put Jackson in a insurmountable hole, the score was 27-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Person, a Rutgers signee, controlled the Lady Titans offense from above Jackson’s zone, scoring eight points while garnering five rebounds in the first eight minutes of play. The second quarter was much of the same as Drew kept the pressure on Jackson, resulting in more easy Lady Titan baskets.Drew center Lakiah Sims was a force in the paint scoring 14 points. Despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter, Person scored a team-high 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out five assists.

Brook Solcum and Antonia Laster scored the two Red Devil baskets. The Lady Titans improved to 17-4 overall and 11-1 in the region. Jackson dropped to 1-14 as the Lady Red Devils lost their 12th straight game.

  • Donnell Suggs

Luella (boys) 60, Newnan 52: Luella’s boys grabbed an early 10-point lead by the end of the first quarter, and Newnan spent the next three quarters nearly chasing down the Lions.

After trailing 20-10 at end of the first quarter, the Cougars found themselves still trailing by 14 by the start of the final period. But the Lions let Newnan hang around to turn what could have been a blowout into a close Region 2-AAAAA battle.

Six points by Cougar 6-7 center Immanuel Griggs in the final quarter, including a dunk, helped keep the game close.

Sophomore guard Donnell Dean also added two field goals in the fourth quarter for Newnan to push the lead back to single digits.

But the Lions clinched the victory from the free-throw line, specifically with the help of  Alrik Evans, who hit four of five attempts in the final minute.

Luella’s Brandon Dodson also hit all four of his attempts in the fourth quarter.

Maurice Arnold added 12 points and Pearson 10 for the Cougars, who fell to 10-10 overall and 1-8 in 2-AAAAA. 

Three Lions players finished in double figures led by Dodson’s 13 and Evans’ 11. Luella improved to 15-5 overall and 5-4 in league play.