Despite playing without the services of leading scorer Ty Lawrence (22.4 ppg) due to a sore shoulder, the Morgan County Bulldogs pulled off a 61-37 shellacking of the Jefferson High School Dragons Wednesday night in Jefferson. With the lopsided win the Dogs move to 8-0 in non-region play with all-important 8-AAA action forthcoming after Christmas Break.
Before Jamond Sims’ group faces Franklin County on December 2, they will compete in two prestigious tournaments. The first will pit Morgan against two high profile Tallahassee teams in the Capital City Classic; Maclay and Leon High Schools. Both of these teams will give Morgan all they want and then some, providing the team more experience against higher classification and talented squads. They will then come home to host the annual Sweet South Classic with another strong field of participants.
Jefferson was no match for Morgan’s balanced scoring attack. Alec Woodard was the scoring leader with 16 followed closely by Anthony Cooper with 14 and Quinn Williams with 12. Cooper was one rebound away from a triple-double by contributing an unheard of 10 steals in the win to go with his nine boards and 14 points. He also had four steals in a monster performance for the Dogs. Williams had his best offensive outing of the season on 5-8 shooting along with going 2-3 from the charity stripe.
Sims said, “We had another decent defensive performance holding them under 40. They were happy to not have to run. Our goal is to hold teams under 40 or they get to run one line drill for every point over.” Dang, this coach is tough. With Lawrence out of the lineup there were some things missing that Morgan looks for. Sims added, “With Ty out, it was good to see the guys’ next-up mentality. Cooper stepped up with a near triple-double, Yusuf and Quinn came up big, and Alec had 16. It was another game where things went back and forth in the first half and it was nice to see some of them step up. We had players take some more ownership in the second half whether it was Alec that needed a breather or Stevin playing well the second half with the guys rallying around him.”
With the Dogs getting the next two weeks off before the Tallahassee trip, there will be some time for Sims and his coaching staff to tweak some things. “We’ll try to find some time to rest and recover some from aches and pains. It will give us some time for more teaching and fine tuning before we head to Florida. It will be a different level of competition playing against bigger schools. We don’t know much about either of them at this point. We’re working on getting some game film and finding out a little more about them,” he commented.
Morgan plays Leon on December 22 and Leon on the 23rd in their home gyms. You can find directions and addresses for these two schools by visiting MOCOAthletics.com.