By Nick Nunn staff writer
The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Hoop Dogs and Lady Dogs were able to make good on their sole region losses of this season last week with wins over Elbert County and North Oconee, respectively.
Early in the season, the Elbert County Blue Devils beat the Dogs in Elberton, but Morgan County repaid the favor with a 57-52 win last Saturday, Jan. 25. Similarly, the Lady Dogs defeated the Lady Titans this week 47-41 to pay them back for the Morgan County loss earlier this season.
A Morgan County crowd packed the house last Saturday night to see the second matchup between the Hoop Dogs and the Blue Devils, expecting too see some great action out on the court.
No one was surprised when the teams stayed neck-and-neck through the first quarter.
Thanks to three free-throw shots by Tookie Brown just before the end of the first eight minutes, the Dogs went ahead 16-14. In the second quarter, Morgan County was able to keep a tight leash on Elbert County, building a 13-point lead and leaving the scoreboard 39-26 going into the locker room.
The Blue Devils caught a second win just before the beginning of the second half, however, and came out shooting.
The Dogs saw their lead begin to diminish, and they were only ahead 47-41 at the end of the third quarter.
Elbert County continued to struggle against the Dogs for the remaining eight minutes, but they never were able to get completely caught up.
Holding steady in the final minutes, Morgan County held onto the win 57-52. Elbert County was Morgan County’s only significant challenge during the week. On Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Dogs beat North Oconee 70-38, before taking on the East Jackson Eagles on Friday, Jan. 24, for a 56-22 win. The Lady Dogs’ big game of the week was against the Lady Titans, defending 8-AAA region champs, last Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Again, both teams held each other within range throughout most of the game, but the Lady Dogs developed an early edge, which they were able to turn into a 23-18 advantage at halftime.
In the second half, North Oconee’s players became more aggressive in an attempt to make up lost ground and gain a lead of their own, but Morgan County was able to keep their cool and keep the Titans in check until the final buzzer sounded, signaling the 47-41 Morgan County win.
The girls also made short work of their remaining opposition last week. After crushing East Jackson 69-16, they also dominated Elbert County 61-36 for their third victory in five days.
Morgan County’s JV teams had a tough week at home. Although the JV boys were able to get a 42-38 win over East Jackson, they were not able to beat Elbert’s JV squad.
The JV Dogs took an 11-5 lead in the first quarter but fell back to 21-22 by the half. In the remaining time, Elbert County continued to move ahead, finishing the game 54-46. MCHS’ JV girls lost two very close games to region opponents.
After a 30-36 loss to East Jackson County, they also suffered a hard-fought 27-29 loss to Elbert County Saturday night.
This Saturday, Feb. 1, the Dogs will be taking on the Buford Wolves at Buford High School for the Dogs’ last non-region game of the regular season. On Tuesday, Feb. 4 the Dogs will have their last home game of the regular season against Oconee County, beginning at 4:15 p.m. with the JV boys.