By Nick Nunn staff writer
The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Lady Dogs’ 2013-2014 season came to a heartbreaking end last Wednesday with a 38-51 loss to the St. Pius X Lions in the quarterfinal game of the state playoffs.
The Lady Dogs finished their season with a 12-2 record in the region, 23-5 overall, and accomplished what MCHS Head Girls Basketball Coach Joshua Reeves stated was the team’s goals for this year: “to finish top two in the region and host state playoff games.” “I am proud of our young ladies and the effort they put in this season,” said Reeves.
“We grew up a lot during the season and we saw, playing the competition we did, what it takes to be a champion.”
After winning the region championship game against Franklin County on Feb. 18 and hosting Dawson County and Blessed Trinity for the first two rounds of the state playoffs, Morgan County’s Lady Dogs prepared to take on St. Pius X last Wednesday, Feb. 26, after their ascension to the elite eight.
During the first quarter against St. Pius, the Lions were able to restrict Morgan County’s offensive output enough to build a 11-4 lead, but the Lady Dogs continued to fight against St. Pius tight defense through the first half of the game to stay within striking distance of tying the game. At halftime, the Dogs were still behind 12-20, but they came out in the third quarter recharged and ready to continue to play hard against St. Pius. Morgan County’s offensive output increased to 11 points in the third quarter and then 15 points in the final period, but, despite their best efforts, the Lions were able to maintain the advantage that they created early on in the first quarter for the win. Lady Dog senior Stacia McClelland led the team in scoring with 12 points for the night, and Alexis Brown backed her up with an additional 11 points.
“We were heartbroken and we still are,” said Coach Reeves the day after the loss last week. “We felt like we matched up with St. Pius well enough to win and move on.”
“Not only were they able to score on the offensive end, they played good enough defense to take away two of our major weapons,” continued Coach Reeves, referring to Brown and Tatyana Davis. “Stacia did a great job for us last night and scored when we had to have a basket. Carvetta [Williams] played as good of defense that could have been played… and worked as hard as she ever has,” said Coach Reeves about his senior players. “I was so proud of the effort they gave us in their last game.”
Congratulations again to the Morgan County Lady Dogs on their fantastic 2013-2014 season!