The Morgan County Middle School basketball teams are closing in on the end of another season with only one game remaining at home on the schedule. That game will be played Jan. 29, and will honor those eighth graders graduating to MCHS. Get out and cheer these players on in their final home game.
In action this week, the boys took wins over Putnam County 35-28 and Jasper County 51-31 in big Piedmont Athletic Conference games. The Putnam game, played in Eatonton, was close throughout. Marquavious Wright scored 10 of Morgan’s 14 first half points to help the Dogs to a 14-12 lead at the break. The third quarter was the difference in the game with Morgan holding the War Eagles to only two points while scoring 10 of their own. Demetrie Mainer and Rogers Clark were instrumental in the quarter scoring eight of Morgan’s 10 (four each) to give the Dogs a 24-14 cushion. Putnam roared back in the fourth period, but it was too little too late. Kenny Williams had a solid fourth with four points while Wright led all scorers with 15.
Bo Larkins said “We beat Putnam in a low scoring game 35-28. After being down a couple players due to sickness, we had to call upon everyone to step up and fill in. We have done a better job since Christmas of guys finding their roles and contributing to the team needs. Our assistant coaches did a great job finding correct personnel to help our players in positions to be successful. We have a very busy week playing 3 games in 5 days with two being away.
Monday it was back home to face the Jasper County Purple Hurricanes. It was all Bulldogs in this one. Morgan jumped out to an 11-6 lead after six minutes of play and never looked back. It was 24-13 at the half in somewhat of a sloppy, turnover-filled game for both sides. Ty Butler had a solid game with 11 points and creating some defensive havoc that created turnovers and led to some easy layups. The lead ballooned to 33-21 after three quarters of play and 20 points by game’s end with the coaches emptying the bench and several substitutes getting in some nice playing time.
The girls are still dominating league play with a blowout over rival Jasper County 44-24. After the starters of Shay Brown, Aaliyah Cooper, Andrea Cooper, Destiny Hunter, and Precious Benford found themselves leading 20-2 at the end of the first quarter, it was time to bring in some substitutes and did they play well. Players like Siddalee Outlaw, Jayla Cooper, Addison Smith, Adyson Griggs, Nichole Smith, Bailey McDaniel, Lauren Williams, Mya Jackson, and Mya Smith all played well for the Dogs the remainder of the way. Most of them scored and it was fun to watch as one player jumped for joy and lit up the gym with her smile upon scoring what may have been her first basket of the season. Coach Bryan Cousins does a fantastic job with these young ladies and you can tell they are having fun. That’s what it’s all about at this level. Having fun and learning fundamentals. Shay Brown led the scoring with 12 points in the win.
Details on the Putnam County girls’ game were unavailable at press time.