By Leila Dycus
The Morgan County Middle School basketball teams were on the road this past week taking on Putnam County, Social Circle and West Jackson.
On Wednesday Dec. 11 the Bulldogs traveled to Putnam County to take on the War Eagles. The girls were the first to play. The stands were filled with Putnam supporters and dedicated Morgan County fans. The cheerleaders lined the court cheering their Bulldogs on. After a tough first quarter, the Lady Dogs trailed Putnam 16 to 5.
The girls played hard in the second quarter keeping with their opponent. Putnam put pressure on number 12, Morgan Walker, fouling her multiple times. “She drives the ball hard to the basket and gets fouled in the process,” said girls Coach Brian Cousins.
Trailing Putnam by 12 at the end of the first half, the Dogs went into the locker room. For the girls, the third quarter was a lot like the second.
The Bulldogs ended up shooting from the foul line multiple times. However, it wasn’t enough to catch them up to the War Eagles. Putnam led Morgan 36 to 13 at the end of the third. The Bulldogs fought hard in the forth quarter trying to keep with the Eagles. In the end, it was Putnam that beat the Bulldogs 40 to 21.
“They never stop trying to improve,” said Cousins. With the hard loss against Putnam behind the girls, they went on the face Social Circle. The boy’s team also took on Putnam in an intense game. According to Coach Franklin, the first team’s defensive intensity allowed the team to dictate the first two quarters. Leading the War Eagles 12 to 3, at the end of the first quarter the Dogs were looking strong going into the second. Putnam worked hard to make a come back in the second quarter, but the Dogs stayed on top of the leader board. The Bulldogs finished off the first half with a 16 to 10 lead over the Eagles.
According to Coach Franklin the team made some mental adjustments during their time in the locker room to get them to believe in themselves. During the third quarter, the boys used a play called the single play. Coach Franklin said that this play is one where he thought they could use their size to their advantage in the post area.
The boys continued their lead over the War Eagles 27 to 18 at the end of the third quarter. In the forth quarter, Putnam made a comeback, tying the Dogs. In a back and forth match- up, the Dogs came out with a last minute win over Putnam, 37 to 35.
“We have a group of guys who’ve been playing together for a long time,” said Coach Franklin. “That was the difference I felt in the last minutes of the game.” After the game against Putnam, the boys worked on their mentality of the game. Both teams went on the face Social Circle Friday Dec. 13. The boys used their height and quickness throughout the game to their advantage.
“Anthony Cooper played very well on the defensive and offensive end for us,” said Coach Franklin. “I was very proud of how vocal he was on the court with helping his teammates get to where they needed to be and also relaying instructions to them from me.” The boys went on the beat Social Circle 50 to 30. According to Coach Franklin, he is please with progress the team has made so far this season. He said that it’s a long season and they still have several things they have to get better with to be a great team. On Saturday Dec. 14, the teams took on West Jackson.
The boy’s team came out on top again, beating West Jackson 33 to 20. The girls’ results against Social Circle and West Jackson were not received by Tuesday. Wednesday, Dec. 18, the MCMS Hoop Dogs hosted Monticello at 4:30 p.m., and they will travel this Friday to Loganville for their first matchup of the year with the Red Devils.