Washington leads Hurricane in blowout victory

Jonesboro’s Jesse Washington scores as Mountain Home’s Reed Ellison (11) and Wyatt Gilbert (22) look on during the first half of Saturday’s game. Washington scored a game-high 18 points in Jonesboro’s 63-28 victory.

JONESBORO — Jonesboro enjoyed an easy afternoon Saturday at Don Riggs Hurricane Gym.

Coming off narrow losses to Little Rock Christian and North Little Rock during the holiday break, the Hurricane wasted no time jumping on Mountain Home. Jonesboro scored the first eight points of the game and eventually imposed the sportsmanship rule on the Bombers in a 63-28 non-conference victory.

“Coming off the two games that we did, we definitely wanted to see energy. We didn’t figure we would have many people here on a Saturday over Christmas, so it was good to some energy early,” Jonesboro coach Wes Swift said. “I’m pleased with what our guys did. I didn’t think we shot the ball extremely well in the first half, but we did early there in the second half and separated from them.”

Jesse Washington scored 18 points to lead a balanced effort for the Hurricane (5-3). Isaac Harrell sank three 3-pointers in adding 13 points for the Hurricane, while Keyln McBride finished with 12 points.

Jonesboro led 11-4 after the first quarter and 30-14 at halftime as Harrell scored eight points in the second quarter. The Hurricane led 37-20 in the third quarter before McBride and Washington fueled a quarter-ending 17-2 surge.

Washington scored nine points in the period while McBride added seven. “When those two get going, we can be pretty formidable,” Swift said.

Harrell’s 3 with four seconds remaining gave Jonesboro a 54-22 lead at the end of the third quarter, also putting the sportsmanship rule into effect.

Jonesboro played without point guard Amarion Wilson. Swift said Wilson tweaked a groin/hip flexor at the end of practice Friday.

“He could have played, we just held him out. We’ve got conference right here and we just held him out,” Swift said. “Nothing’s wrong, he’s fine, he’ll be ready to go Friday against Greene County Tech.”

Swift said Jonesboro’s home game against Paragould has been postponed from Tuesday to Jan. 26 because of COVID-19 concerns in the Rams’ program. The girls’ game will still be played Tuesday.

The Hurricane will travel to Greene County Tech on Friday.