Reporter Staff Report

Walnut Springs opened its girls basketball season with an overtime loss to Jonesboro last week, falling 36-29.

The Lady Hornets led 19-16 entering the fourth quarter, but were outscored 10-7 in the period. That gave Jonesboro the momentum it needed to explode for a 10-3 advantage in the brief overtime period.

Brooke Townley and Shakota Billman each scored 10 points and Townley had a double-double with 10 rebounds. Neither shot the ball well, however, as they combined to hit just 13.9 percent (5-36) of their shots from the floor.

As a team, Walnut Springs shot only 16.7 percent (9-54) including 0-9 from the arc. The Lady Hornets hit only 11 of 28 from the free throw line, just 39.3 percent.

Ashley Mitchell scored four points for Walnut Springs, while Cheynne Stephens added three to go with her team-leading 11 rebounds. Monica Muniz added two points.

Jonesboro was led by Caera Jones’ heavy-duty double-double consisting of 14 points and 15 rebounds.

Walnut Springs battled Star Tuesday. See next week’s edition of The Reporter for coverage.