By Nick Nunn
The Morgan County High School (MCHS) boys’ and girls’ basketball teams defeated region opponents the Hart County Bulldogs and the East Jackson Eagles during their second week of region competition.
Following last week’s wins, the girls’ varsity Dogs now have an undefeated 3-0 region record and are 5-0 overall, while the Hoop Dogs are 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the region.
The Lady Dogs executed a fine comeback win against Hart County on Tuesday, Dec. 10. The Morgan County girls fell behind Hart 6-14 after the first quarter of the game and were still trailing 14-24 at the half.
The second half of the game, however, saw a complete turnaround for Morgan County’s girls. During the third quarter, the Dogs advanced by 24 points to overtake Hart County and move ahead 38-31. Morgan County then managed to hold Hart to only seven points during the last eight minutes of the game while boosting their total by another 17 points, winning the game with a final score of 55-38.
Alexis Brown led the Dogs’ scoring with 17, but Tatyana Davis was right on her heels with 15 points of her own. At East Jackson last Friday, Dec. 13, the Lady Dogs never gave the Eagles a chance to create a lead. Morgan County came out strong, scoring 26 points in the first quarter while holding East Jackson to only seven points.
During the remainder of the game, the Lady Dogs fought hard to stay well ahead of the Eagles, maintaining double their score through the final score of the game, 69-30. “The girls played very well against East Jackson,” said MCHS Head Girls Basketball Coach Joshua Reeves.
“They executed the offense extremely well and played great defense most of the night. Everyone chipped in and played important minutes on Friday.” This time, Davis led the score for Morgan County with 15 points. Brown scored 14 points against the Eagles.
Coach Reeves also said that Jatereia Bryant “played one of her best games of the year” so far. Morgan County’s varsity boys’ team had no trouble with Hart County last Tuesday. While holding Hart to only four points during the first quarter, the Hoop Dogs managed to score an impressive total of 32 points.
By halftime, the Dogs were up 40-12 and were able to coast to a secure 70-37 win over Hart County during the remaining quarters. Tookie Brown and Jailyn Ingram were in close contention for the top scorer’s spot with 19 and 18 points during the game, respectively.
Senior C.J. Turman contributed 10 points as well. East Jackson’s boys were able to offer the Hoop Dogs a bit more resistance during their matchup last Friday night. Both teams performed well offensively; the Dogs put up a narrow 23-18 lead after the first quarter, which they were able to build to a slightly more sizeable lead of 43-36 at the half.
During the remainder of the game, Morgan County was able to inch farther and farther away from the Eagles, reaching a 14-point lead by the end of the game.
The final score was 79-65. The close game led to an incredible level of offensive output from T. Brown, who scored 39 points for the Dogs during the game. Additionally, Ingram had a season high of 20 points against East Jackson. “We played well against East Jackson,” said MCHS Boys Head Basketball Coach Charlemagne Gibbons.
“They gave us their best shot and they were at home. The guys responded and took control in the second half.” “I feel we have a lot of getting better to do but I thought Friday night was a good start. I think in the next few weeks you will start to see us get it together.”
Tuesday, Dec. 17, the varsity and girls JV teams traveled to North Oconee High School to play the Titans. This Friday, the Morgan County varsity teams will begin a series of tournaments to be played during the holiday break.
The girls will begin their holiday schedule by traveling to the Woodward Academy Tournament in Atlanta for Dec. 20 and 21. From Dec. 20 to Dec. 23, the boys will be in Columbia, SC for the Chic-Fil-A Classic. The next home games for the Dogs will take place in the new year, hosting Jackson County on Jan. 7