MCMS Hoop Dogs stay busy before league tournament

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Morgan Walker makes her way around a pair of defenders.

Morgan Walker makes her way around a pair of defenders.

By Leila Dycus intern

The MCMS Basketball Bulldogs were busy this week, playing three games in five days. First, the Bulldogs took on Carver on the road. The rescheduled game was played on Monday Jan. 13. The girls took on Carver first, losing 24 to 32. For the boys the outcome was better, beating Carver 39 to 23.

Boys Coach Milfred Franklin said that of the three games last week he was particularly impressed with how well his boys played against Carver. Franklin went on to say that the team had a constant defensive effort through all four quarters against Carver.

After the games against Carver the MCMS teams went on to face Putnam at home on Wednesday Jan. 15. The games against Putnam brought the teams back to Morgan County. The girls had their chance to take on the War Eagles first.

However, for the girl’s team the game against Putnam would prove to be a challenge, losing 16 to 45. The boys were ready to continue their week’s winning streak. The team did just that beating Putnam 43 to 29. Coach Franklin said that the team’s deep bench allowed a steady rotation through the three games. He went on to say that he is pleased with their bench and that they have maintained the offensive and defensive flow that has been established.

On Friday Jan. 17 the teams were again home to take on the Social Circle Redskins. The stands were packed with excited fans there to cheer on the Bulldogs. The games would not disappoint them. Girls Coach Brain Cousins said that the Social Circle girls were ranked number two in the division.

The Redskins proved that they were in fact worthy of that number two-spot. At the end of the half Social Circle lead MCMS 18 to 13. However, Morgan County was not going to give up with out a fight. The third quarter had MCMS players driving hard to the basket.

At the end of the third Social Circle had distanced their lead, 39 to 18. After the game Coach Cousins applauded his girls for hustling and sticking with the Redskins. The fourth quarter featured scores from several MCMS girls.

However it was not enough for Morgan County to secure the win. The girls lost 46 to 29. The boys came out of the locker room ready to finish the week off on a winning note. The first quarter was all Morgan County, leading 20 to 5. The boy team had their shots on point against the Redskins.

The Bulldogs held the Redskins to those five points and strengthened their lead to 32 to five at the end of the half. “The players are starting to understand how to run an offense,” said Coach Franklin. “We won’t be able to run up and down the entire game, so now they are starting to execute an offensive set and make the correct read during the play.”

In the third quarter the boys again came out strong, only allowing the Redskins to add three points to their score. The Bulldogs led 46 to eight at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth MCMS secured the win over Social Circle 49 to 11. The next home game is scheduled for Friday Jan. 24. The team is encouraging fans to come out and wear white as they whiteout Loganville.

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