Trojan coach Tim Criswell inserted Clark, one of the team’s top defenders, on Tiger standout Lakeithin Buckner and the Carrollton guard joined forces with teammate Malik Sheppard to contain the Troup senior shooting guard to 16 points.
“We played Lorenzo Clark for the first time in significant minutes and he did an outstanding job. Him and Malik did a nice job holding their leading scorer. So it was a good team win. A couple of guys that hadn’t played a whole lot stepped in there and did some good things for us. Just a good road win. Anytime you can pull one out on the road, it’s always good,” Criswell said.
The Trojans (13-7, 5-5 Region 5-AAAA) got a pair of 14-point efforts from guard Javarious Jackson and post Montae Glenn, while guard Marcus Henderson added 11 and forward Byron McCall posted 10 points.
Carrollton sealed the game at the free-throw line, where it shot 15-of-21 from the night.
“We played pretty solid. You know, we turned the ball over a little too much, but they put a lot of pressure on you. We got some easy ones, too, off our pressure. I thought Javarious Jackson played a really good game at the point. He’s really playing well right now. He scored some [Tuesday] and was 4-for-4 from the free-throw line and just played a solid game for us,” Criswell said.
The Trojans return home on Friday to play host to first-place Shaw in a 7:30 p.m. showdown.
In other prep basketball action:
Central girls 58, Rockmart 39: The Lady Lions (18-4, 11-0 Region 4-AAA) were led by Brianna Cousins with 18 points, followed by Sherae Bonner with 12. Central remains on the road in a big game at Chapel Hill on Friday night at 7 in Douglasville.
Central boys 54, Rockmart 49: The Lions (13-8, 8-3) were paced by Justis Ward with 20 points, while Kahlil Wynn added 16 points and Blake Reese finished with 15.
Mt. Zion boys 59, Christian Heritage 46: The Eagles (9-12, 2-7 Region 6A-A) snapped a five-game skid behind 15-point performances from Corey Loftin and Nathan Bernhardt, while Tayon Farmer added 14 and T.K. Tuggle finished with 10.
Mt. Zion girls 56, Christian Heritage 43: The Lady Eagles (11-10, 4-5) were led by Toni Hammond with 14 points, while Quavadis Kirk scored 12 and Alexis Jordan pitched in eight.
MZ remains on the road to face perennial power Gordon Lee on Friday at 6 p.m.
LaFayette girls 49, Oak Mountain 45: The Lady Warriors were led by Jessi Fuller with 18 points, while McKenna Lipham added 10.
Heard County boys 68, Temple 54: Trevor Shell led the Tigers (5-13, 0-4 Region 5-AA) with 29 points and 19 rebounds, while Isaiah Strozier posted 10 points.
Trinity Christian boys 65, Holy Ground 51: Chandler Dedman led the Stallions with 27 points and 16 rebounds.
Holy Ground JV boys 29, Trinity Christian 26: Tyler Hale led HG with 13 points in the win.
Central JV boys 41, Rockmart 37: Zeke Lawson led the Lions (5-5) with 12 points, followed by Chris Thornton with 11 and Blake Brewer with 10.
Carrollton 9th grade boys 61, Alexander 53: The Trojans (5-8) got a 22-point effort from Jarel Rowe, while Mike Boykin added 15 points and Marshun Farris posted 10 points.