Lady Titans edge Lady Dogs in OT
By Greg Sullivan
The Lady Dogs looked to just about have the Lady Titans on the ropes last Tuesday in a game where a win would have put the team just one victory away from a playoff berth, but that was before North Oconee came roaring back to force an overtime thriller.
The Lady Titans, down 39-34 with two minutes left, wound up tying things up at 39-39 on their way to a one-point 47-46 overtime win in Madison. A win that ended Morgan County's season, their three-game win streak and their state playoff chances.
"I think they played extremely hard and well," Lady Dog Head Coach Kathy Hubbard said of her players. "We could have won but we had some little mistakes."
The teams were tied at 7-7 after the first quarter last Tuesday and Morgan County held a 15-12 half-time lead.
The game was tied up again at 26-26 after three before Morgan County edged ahead, only to see North Oconee rally to force an overtime and take the win on the Lady Dogs’ home floor.
Kiasa Tiller led the Lady Dogs with 18 points in Tuesday's game and Sharda Massey added 14.
Hubbard said she was proud of the way her team played down the stretch this season. The team started out the year struggling but won three straight going into last Tuesday's second round area tournament game.
"It seems like at the end we realized we could have been a better team," she said.
The Lady Dogs had defeated Washington-Wilkes twice and Oglethorpe once to pick up wins in their most recent outings, and they had also defeated North Oconee in the last meeting between the two teams.
The team had defeated Washington-Wilkes 56-51 Monday night in Madison, in a game where Hubbard said she didn't think her team looked as good as they did in Tuesday's loss.