Event Recap - Varsity Girls

Tucker 62 Stephenson 50


Back in December Tucker dropped a tough 53-50 decision to Stephenson that was the second loss in a string of four consecutive for the Lady Tigers after an 8-0 beginning to the season.

Tucker bounced back at home in a big way improving to 16-5 overall and 11-3 in Region 5-6A action with a 62-50 victory over Stephenson (16-7, 12-2).

Bria Bass scored 10 of her 13 points for the game in the first quarter as Tucker led from wire-to-wire in the game. Kierra Guthrie opened the game with a three. Bass followed with a pair of layups and two threes, including one trey with 14 seconds left in the quarter for a 15-9 Tucker lead heading into the second quarter.

With 4:41 left in the first half, Taylor Smith hit the fourth of five Tucker three-pointers in the first half for a 13-point Lady Tigers’ lead at 24-11. Morgan Collins hit the fifth three of the half for Tucker with 1:58 remaining for a 29-17 lead and Amanda Thompkins sent Tucker into the half up 31-17 with her layup on an assist from Jermese Davis.

Tucker kept Stephenson at bay in the third quarter with consecutive three-pointers by Guthrie and Smith. Thompkins layup on a pass from Guthrie with four seconds left in the period gave the Lady Tigers a 47-31 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

Davis’ layup following a steal by Bass with 2:22 to play gave Tucker a 19-point lead (62-43). Stephenson would score the final seven points of the contest to close the gap to the final of 62-50.

Bass and Guthrie had 13 points each to lead Tucker while Davis finished with 8 points and 10 rebounds.

Naomi Holloway had a game-high 20 points for Stephenson and Jasani Buchanan chipped in 11.

BASKETBALL: Jonesboro High splits with Tucker; M.J. Walker leads Cardinals to fourth straight win


JONESBORO — Jonesboro and Tucker high school basketball programs met Tuesday night at Jonesboro High School with first place on the line in Region 4-6A in both games. The Lady Cardinals were beaten 57-43 in the opener, while Jonesboro’s boys remained atop the standings with a 69-49 victory.

Lady Cardinals struggle on the boards, drop first region game

Jonesboro couldn’t handle Tucker’s size and athleticism in Tuesday’s Region 4-6A matchup, falling to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in region play.


“That was an old-fashioned butt-whooping they gave us tonight,” Jonesboro head coach John Bishop said. “They‘re a team that’s playing well right now and, you know, we got a long ways to go. I still feel good about my team, I really do. It’s a step back, but it’s not really shocking. Their speed and athleticism concerned me before the game. We got to play smarter and we got to play tougher.”

Tucker earned a healthy advantage in the first half behind multiple second-chance baskets. Jermese Davis and Amariah Stanard were particularly tough inside for the Lady Tigers, who took a 40-23 lead into the halftime break.

“That was a point of emphasis going into the game,” said Bishop. “Tenay (Minus) is a power forward-center, she can’t get every rebound by herself. We got to do a better job of team rebounding. That’s something we need to work on. We’re small in some areas, we’re young in some areas. If we’re going to do anything this year, we’re going to have to be a better rebounding team.”

Tucker kept Joneboro at arm’s length in the second half despite strong efforts from Maiya Frazier and Saadia Munford. Jonesboro’s backcourt combined for 34 points in the loss. Frazier led the team in scoring with 18 points.

“Maiya is the most versatile player that we have,” Bishop said. “We’re asking her to do a lot this year. I call her our LeBron James — she has to play all five positions at times. She’s got more responsibility on her shoulders and she’s doing some great things out there.”

Tucker’s lead shrunk to 13 points multiple times in the second half but never became 10 or less. The Lady Tigers continued to dominate the paint in the fourth quarter to earn the double-digit victory. Davis led the way with 12 points and nine rebounds. In all, nine different Lady Tigers scored in the game.

Jonesboro returns to action Friday against Lovejoy (6-0, 3-0).