LITHONIA — Morrow High traveled into DeKalb County to face Martin Luther King Jr., High but the Clayton program ended the night splitting as the Lady Mustangs fell 54-14 while Morrow’s boys overcame a deficit to win 74-65.
The Lady Mustangs began the night but after Jourdyn Griffin scored the first few points for the program, things went cold as M.L.King’s Lady Lions piled on the pressure. The Lady Lions had a 29-5 lead by halftime as the Lady Mustangs failed to score in the second despite having three free throw attempts. M.L.King eventually gave up six points to Morrow but that did little to dent the 46-11 game into the fourth quarter.
Morrow only managed three more points in the final quarter as M.L.King took the victory 54-14.
The boys’ nightcap game was much more of a duel than believed as Creswell Foy’s program trailed early against M.L.King. However, a late push to remain ahead after a tie and a costly technical foul on M.L.King allowed the Mustangs to win 74-65.
“So it’s our first game and we got a lot of juniors,” Foy said. “We played sporadically, but we settled down. Today we played in a hostile environment.”
An early jam from M.L.King powered the Lions to a 15-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter of play, Morrow started off with some early free throws from Nicholas Gautier but things quickly changed to the Mustangs’ hands as Morrow took the lead over M.L.King 25-22. Neither side gave in the quarter as Morrow managed to take the lead 32-29 into halftime.
“The team did pretty well. Most of them are juniors except for two of them,” Foy said of his team. “They were a little nervous at first because I only have three returners. Everyone else played junior varsity last year, so it’s a different speed and different environment. They never played this kind of stuff on a Friday night, fans, their parents, everybody hollering.”
After halftime, both sides continued to keep attacking each other in the third quarter until the score was 55-51. Morrow managed to stay ahead by just four points into the fourth quarter. Morrow managed to keep the Lions at bay but things grew in intensity.
“Hard work and teamwork come first and foremost,” Foy said. “We never single anybody out, because no one on this team comes first. We play as a team. In every game, you are going to have run. We made a run and they made one too. We ended up withstanding their run and that’s how we won.”