By Nick Nunn staff writer
The Morgan County High School (MCHS) basketball program swept region opponents Franklin County and Jackson County in seven games last week for a triumphant return to region play for 2014.
The JV girls were the first team to face the Franklin County Lions last Friday, Jan. 10, in what would be the first of seven games in a little over 24 hours for the MCHS basketball teams.
Morgan County’s JV girls got the ball rolling in the right direction with a 21-14 win over the JV Lady Lions. The Dogs went ahead 10-4 in the first quarter and never relinquished the lead through the game.
The JV Boys were the next to come to the court, facing tough competition in the JV Lions. During the first half, the Dogs were only able to build a 19-18 lead, but, in the third quarter, they pulled away to 32-25 before their final 46-33 victory over the Lions.
The varsity Lady Dogs provided Franklin County with their first loss of the season, beating the Lady Lions 55-49. Morgan County provided solid defense against the Lions during most of the game, which remained too close for Bulldog comfort up through the final minutes.
The Lady Dogs had to fight to catch up to the Lions at half time, but, in the third and final quarters, Morgan County was able to assert their dominance and keep the Lions a few points behind. Alexis Brown led the team with 19 points against Franklin, while Sydney Nash and Carvetta Williams each earned 10 points.
Franklin’s varsity boys were no match for the Hoop Dogs, who walked away with a 73-44 win. The Dogs held Franklin to a 6-25 deficit in the first quarter, coasting to an easy victory on their point surplus. Tookie Brown scored 23 points during the game, 15 of which were earned in the first quarter alone.
Jailyn Ingram followed up with 16 points of his own against Franklin. With four region wins in hand, the Dogs returned to the court the next day, Saturday, Jan. 11, to take on the Jackson County Panthers. Morgan County’s JV boys took on the first Panther attack, matching Jackson County eight points for eight points in the first quarter of their matchup.
In the second quarter, however, the Hoop Dogs pulled ahead to 22-17 and managed to extend their lead throughout the remainder of the game for a 47-26 win. Likewise, the varsity Panthers provided little competition for Morgan County’s varsity teams.
The Lady Dogs led Jackson County 33-12 after the first half of their game, finishing with a 50-24 final score in Morgan County’s favor.
Morgan County’s varsity boys built a nine-point lead in the first quarter against the Panthers and had more than doubled their score, 64-25, by the beginning of the last quarter. With a final 77-30 victory over Jackson County’s varsity boys, Morgan County came out of the two-day onslaught unscathed and looking toward the remainder of their region schedule.
On Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Dogs traveled to Oconee County to face the Warriors, and they will be in Hartwell this Friday, Jan. 17 to take on the Hart County Bulldogs.
The Morgan County basketball teams will again be at home on Tuesday, Jan. 21, to face the North Oconee Titans for the second time this season.