By Leila Dycus Intern
It’s a weekend the middle school basketball teams have been working towards all season: the Piedmont Conference Basketball Tournament.
The stands were packed with supporters from the area, all there to cheer on their respective teams. First up were the boys, after a canceled game on Wednesday the boys were ready to take on Loganville. The past two meetings of the teams had gone in the favor of the Dogs. MCMS was the first to put points on the board.
However, Loganville managed to pull ahead and take the lead. Morgan County was fast to react, taking back the lead and ending the first quarter 7 to 6. In the second, Morgan furthered their lead only allowing the Red Devils a small chance of coming back.
A big score by Phillip Webb made the score 21 to 10 at the end of the half. Once back on the court the Bulldogs had to fight to keep Loganville from making a come back. After taking several Loganville scores the Bulldogs finally put some points on the board.
MCMS held the lead at the end of the third 25 to 18. In the forth the Bulldogs rallied, determined to dig in and fight until the end. Morgan County fans began chanting loudly encouraging the team to pull out the win.
The boys did just take beating the Loganville Red Devils 36 to 28. “The game went exactly how I knew it was going to go,” said Coach Milfred Franklin. “A lot of nervousness and playing out of their norm from the players.” Coach Franklin went on to say it was evident that Loganville gave everything they had.
The boys experienced first hand how different playoff basketball is from regular season. Coach Franklin believes that this taught the team that they have to stay focused through the whole game and he was proud of how the boys maintained the lead during Loganville’s last push in the forth.
The boys will go on to the next round of playoffs taking on Greene County on Wednesday Feb. 5 at 4:30 at Jasper County High School in Monticello.
The girls also played on Saturday taking on the Social Circle Redskins. Social Circle took the early lead in the first quarter against the girls, not allowing the Bulldogs to put any points on the board.
Morgan County struggled to not foul through out the first quarter trailing the Redskins, 24 to 0. Finally in the second quarter the girls were able to put some points on the board.
Catherine Usry was the first to score for the Dogs. Taylor Wilson also had the chance at 2 foul shots and she made both of them. The Bulldogs were able to put another 2 point shot on the board, however it was not enough to pull the lead. The Bulldogs trailed the second quarter 28 to 6. After half time, the girls came back to finish the game off.
The highlight of the third quarter was a score by Aris Hubbard. The Dogs again trailed the Redskins 42 to 8. In the forth Arkisha Williams scored a foul shot and Nina Connell made a two point shot.
The girls would go on to lose to Social Circle, 47 to 11. The loss to the Redskins ended the team’s season. “The girls worked hard, said Coach Brain Cousins. “But Social Circle was just a superior team.”