By Nick Nunn, Reporter
By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County High School’s Hoop Dogs and Lady Dogs began their postseason bids last Saturday, Feb. 15, at home after postponements due to the severe winter weather last week.
As of Monday night, both the boys’ and girls’ teams had made it to the final game of the 8-AAA playoffs and were preparing for the championship games Tuesday night.
The Lady Dogs made their first step toward the championship games with a 49-24 win over the Hart County Bulldogs last Saturday night at home. Morgan County showed Hart County in the first quarter that they weren’t the top dog here, going up 18-1 on Hart.
The Lady Dogs continued to keep Hart County under two figures through the half, having built their lead to 29-1. Hart County managed to pick up a little offensive momentum in the third quarter, but Morgan County still earned 14 points to Hart’s 11.
The Lady Dogs kept Hart from advancing through the final quarter as well, culminating with a final score of 49-24 in Morgan County’s favor. Monday night, the Lady Dogs faced a tougher opponent in North Oconee, who had beaten the Dogs once during the regular season.
The Dogs were able to build up a slim 8-4 lead in the first quarter against the Titans, but they fought back during the second quarter to tie the game 14-14 at the half. With the spot in the championship game on the line, the Lady Dogs charged forward in the second half to build an eight-point lead by the beginning of the final quarter and then finish off the game with a win with a final score of 46-32.
“It feels great to be in the region championship, said MCHS Head Girls Basketball Coach Joshua Reeves. “It was one of our goals this season to be in the top two in the region. Locking up the region championship is so important for us going forward into the state playoffs… It just makes us more aware of how difficult the game will be for us and how much harder we will have to play.”
The boys’ team breezed through the first game of the region tournament last Saturday against the Jackson County Panthers. By the end of the first half, the Dogs had managed to build a 32-point lead over Jackson County, largely thanks to 19 points by Tookie Brown and 17 points by Jailyn Ingram. Morgan County continued to stretch its 49-17 lead at the half to 77-28 by the end of the third.
The Dogs moved on to the second round of the region playoff after a 89-35 win over the Panthers. Monday night, the Dogs took on the Oconee County Warriors in Hart County for their shot at the region championship game. Morgan County had a respectable 11-4 lead after the first quarter with the Warriors and had given themselves a little breathing room by the half with a score of 28-16. The Dogs held steady through the second half of the game to pull out a 51-37 over Oconee County and secure their spot in the region finals.
Tuesday night, both the girls’ and the boys’ varsity basketball teams stood ready to fight for the region championship. The Lady Dogs’ opponent was to be the top-ranked Franklin County Lions, who they would play beginning at 7 p.m. in Hart County, and the boys’ were going to take on region rival, the Elbert County Blue Devils, at 8:30 p.m. in Hart County as well.
The results of those competitions were not available by press time. Keep your eye on the Morgan County Citizen’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for the most up-to-date information regarding Morgan County sports and to see when and where Morgan County will play their first games in the state playoffs later this week.