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PREP ROUNDUP: Luella girls gaining momentum with win at Morrow

Photo by Jerry Jackson / Morrow’s Rhein Beamon (15) gets pressured as she brings the ball up the court by Luella guard Carrington Johnson (11) in a Region 2-AAAAAA game Friday.

Photo by Jerry Jackson / Morrow’s Rhein Beamon (15) gets pressured as she brings the ball up the court by Luella guard Carrington Johnson (11) in a Region 2-AAAAAA game Friday.

MORROW — Luella girls basketball kept itself solidly in third place in the region as the Lady Lions shook off a slow start offensively to defeat Morrow 49-36 Friday.

Morrow (5-17, 2-8), losers of six of its last eight games, played good defense early, forcing Luella into a multitude of turnovers, and actually held a 6-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. Both teams began to heat up a bit from the field, however, in the second, as Luella took a 17-14 advantage into halftime.

Midway through the third quarter, Morrow’s Deja Jackson drained a bucket to tie the game at 25, before Luella turned on its full court press which Morrow could find no answer to. The Lions used several consecutive turnovers by Morrow to stretch out to 12 point late in the third quarter and the Mustangs could get no closer than seven the rest of the way.

Luella’s C.J. Johnson led the way with 15 points, including a 6-for-6 stretch on the free throw line down the stretch in the fourth. Brianna Moore aided the Lions’ effort with 12 points. Luella (10-7, 5-3) i still clinging to the fourth spot in Region 2-AAAAAA.

— By Gabriel Stovall

Henry County 47, Carver-Columbus 44: The Lady Hawks hung on for a Region 2-AAA cross-over victory on the road.

Henry County snapped a two-game winning streak and improved to 13-8 overall and 2-2 in Region 2-AAA, Div. A.

Stockbridge 40, Eagle’s Landing 29: A 12-0 run in the fourth quarter turned a one-point deficit into a Lady Tigers win. It was only the second win of the season for Stockbridge.

Bri McRae led Eagle’s Landing with 15 points, while freshmen Asia Monday and Caitlyn Williams led Stockbridge with 11 points apiece.

Forest Park 38, Union Grove 12: Kayla Potts scored a game-high 16 points and had five rebounds to lead the Lady Panthers to the Region 4-AAAAA, Div. A win.

Tiffany Wilson finished with nine points and 12 rebounds as Forest Park has won 10 of its last 11 games.

The Lady Panthers close the regular season on Tuesday at Mundy’s Mill before beginning the region tournament.

Jonesboro 53, Upson-Lee 31: Raven Wynn scored 13 points to pace the Lady Cardinals, who have now won 15 straight games.

Victoria Florence, Brianna Benson and Michaelle Smith scored seven points each in the Region 4-AAAA, Div. B road win.

Boys

Mount Zion 66, Ola 45: J.R. Holder had a game-high 29 points to pace the Bulldogs to the Region 4-AAAAA, Div. A win.

Cody Simmons finished with 21 points as Mount Zion won for the fifth straight time.

Ola was led by Bungha Bengyella, who had 16 points.