Short-handed Tigers win district opener over Lakeside

If Jonesboro-Hodge has proven to be adept at one thing this basketball season it is playing short-handed. Almost every game this season the Tigers have had starters missing for one reason or another. The district 1-2A opening 52-39 victory against Lakeside was no different, other than this time, it was the teams two leading scorers and top rebounder missing.

Even though the Tigers were playing a team that had lost all of their games this season someone would have to step up if JHHS was to come away with the victory. Coach Allen Tew had to look no further than to his son, Ajay, who fired in a game high 22 points. He also was able to draw on a suffocating defensive effort that didn’t allow Lakeside double digits in scoring in a quarter until the final frame after the contest was already decided.

Savantez Phillips and Cameron Leonard also came up big with 8 and 7 points each followed by 6 from Devontae Mozee and 5 from Javeon Andrews. Cameron Joe and Edward Beard made two each. With the victory JHHS improved to 9-4 and 1-0 in district play while Lakeside dropped to 0-17 and 0-1. 

JHHS (9-4, 0-1) 15 13 10 14 52
Lakeside (0-17, 0-1) 9 5 9 16 39
(JHHS scoring) Tew 22, Phillips 8, Leonard 7, Mozee 6, Andrews 5, Joe 2, Beard 2 (LHS scoring) Curry 11, Musgraves 11, Riley 6, Johnson 6Chase 3, Adkins 2

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