By Jamison Hooks Staff Writer
Redemption is on the minds of the Morgan County Lady Dogs and their supporters, as Laney will travel to Morgan County on Saturday Jan. 10 for the highly anticipated rematch. The Lady Dogs lost a heart wrenching battle to the Laney Wild Cats by just two points earlier this season with a final score of 62-60. As it stands now, Morgan County is ranked number five and Laney is ranked number three. Coach Josh Reeves explained that getting the win against Laney would be a major mental advantage for the team. “It would be a big confidence boost for us. We felt that we did not play our best basketball when we played there and we want another shot at them,” said Reeves. As long as the Lady Dogs can keep energized and alert, Reeves is confident that his team will match Laney’s talents. “They are a great team and they are very physical. We need to match their physicality and energy. If we can do that, we can compete very well with them,” said Reeves. Not only are the Lady Dogs preparing for the match up against Laney, but they will also be facing Hart County on Friday Jan. 9. The Lady Dogs expect a fight from Hart County, as they have always been a tough competitor in the past. “I know Hart always has a very competitive program and we have not played them yet this year. Last year, we really had to fight every time we played Hart so we expect it to be no different this year,” said Reeves. With both talented teams traveling to Morgan County, Coach Reeves does have one favor to ask of all who support Morgan County sports. “I hope the community comes out and supports us like they always have. It goes a long way to know people are behind you and pulling for you,” said Reeves. With the home court advantage, the Lady Dogs are excited for a good turnout this weekend, which will ultimately help them achieve their overall goals. “We are working hard to get to the next level, which would be state final four or finals, and we appreciate any help we get from the community along the way,” said Reeves.