For a half, it looked as if Luella had closed the gap on Stephenson in Region 2-AAAAA.
Then Stephenson began pressing, and the truth of the region became more apparent: The Lady Jaguars are the class of the league.
Stephenson won 69-50 Friday night behind 17 points from sophomore Naima Jackson, who led four players in double figures. The Lady Jaguars (14-4, 8-0 Region 2-AAAAA) completed a regular-season sweep of Luella.
“The first half they hung with us,” said Jackson, whose three baskets sparked a 12-0 run to start the third period. “We just kept hustling and did what we needed to do.”
Kyana Johnson and Kaliyah Mitchell scored 13 each for Stephenson and Kerry Watson added 11.
The loss ended an 11-game winning streak for Luella (15-4, 6-2), which played without starting point guard Amber Griffin, the Henry County school’s all-time leader in assists. In her absence, leading scorer Britney Guy took over at the point, and Stephenson double-teamed her most of the night.