By Nick Nunn, Reporter
By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Hoop Dogs put the final touches on the2013-2014 regular season last week with games against region opponents Oconee County and Franklin County.
The boys’ team came out of the week with two additional wins, while the girls beat the Oconee County Warriors, but fell to the Franklin County Lions.
As a result, the boys will enter the region tournament this week at the top of the region, while the girls dropped to the number-two spot. The boys faced the Oconee County Warriors last Tuesday, Feb. 4, in Watkinsville.
The Warriors put up a good fight, holding the Dogs to a 15-11 lead after the first quarter. Morgan County extended their lead to 35-26 by the half, and then to 59-41 for the final score and the win. The Hoop Dogs also made relatively short work of the Franklin County Lions last Friday, Feb. 7, by going up on them 25-7 in the first quarter alone.
Morgan County never let up throughout the game, boosting their lead to over 30 points, for a 70-29 victory. With these wins, the boys finished off their season with a 13-1 region record and a 20-5 record overall.
The Morgan County girls also kept the Oconee County Warriors under their thumb from the first quarter, when they were able to build up a 17-8 lead.
The Lady Dogs continued to outscore the Warriors in the second and third quarters, coming out of the match with a commanding 59-43 win. The 38-48 loss to the Franklin County Lions was Morgan County’s toughest bout of the week.
Despite tough opposition, the Dogs were able to build a slim 10-6 point lead in the first quarter, but, by the half, the teams were deadlocked at 18-18 on the scoreboard.
Morgan County fought to get ahead during the third quarter and lead 34-32 going into the final eight minutes of the game.
Unfortunately, the Lions were able to rally during the last quarter and pull off a 48-38 win over the Lady Dogs.
The loss to Franklin County tied the two teams for first in the region. At the region meeting, there was a coin toss to determine which team would fill the number-one spot, and Franklin County won the toss.
Since both teams were either first or second in the region, they hosted the first round of region games at home. School closures have displaced the schedule for the region tournament, which was supposed to begin Tuesday, Feb. 4. Keep an eye on the Citizen’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for the most up-to-date information on Morgan County basketball.