Patrick Petty scored nine points and Daniel Peace and Brandon Black added eight points apiece as Jonesboro built a 29-point halftime lead en route to a 56-20 victory over Forest Park for its ninth straight win in the series.
“I told the guys that whatever happened in the last 32 minutes is over,” Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman said. “It doesn’t define us. It doesn’t make us a good team just because we beat somebody by 36 points. We’re just going to go game by game.”
Due to pressure defense all over the court, the Cardinals were able to force turnover after turnover, score the first seven points of the game and build a 16-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. The next eight minutes followed the same pattern for a Jonesboro 32-3 advantage at the half.
“I’m pleased with where we’re at right now but we still got a long way to go,” Maehlman said.
After facing Woodland-Henry on Tuesday, Jonesboro is expected to have a tough matchup against Mt. Zion at home Saturday.
Rayvon Elliot scored seven points for the Panthers.
The outcome between the Lady Cardinals and Lady Panthers was much closer, but Jonesboro won its third consecutive meeting in the series, 42-29. Victoria Florence and Briana Benson both scored 11 points and Michaelle Smith added 10 for the Lady Cardinals, who led from wire to wire.
“I told them coach [Steven] Cole is one of the best girls’ basketball coaches in the state of Georgia — his girls always defend,” Jonesboro girls’ coach Lamar Harris said. “If you get out here and lose focus it could get ugly fast. But they were focused today and I’m proud of them.”
Just like in the boys’ game, the Lady Cardinals’ full-court pressure gave the Lady Panthers trouble in the first quarter, partially resulting in a 12-0 Jonesboro advantage. But Forest Park would battle its way back within three points (17-14) by halftime.
However, the Lady Cardinals would respond with an 11-0 run in the third quarter for a 30-16 cushion and the Lady Panthers would never get within a possession of possibly tying the game.
Tiffany Wilson had 11 points, eight rebounds and five blocks (two were emphatic rejections) in Forest Park’s first loss of the season.