By Jamison Hooks Staff Writer
The Morgan County Lady Dogs battled 5A number one ranked Stephenson but came up just six points short of the win with a final score of 59-53. Despite the loss, Coach Josh Reeves sees the positive in the game against Stephenson. “Stephenson played the toughest man to man defense we have seen all year and I think we will be better in the long run because of it,” said Reeves. Due to Stephenson’s number one ranking in 5A, the Lady Dogs knew they had a tough fight ahead of them. “We started out a little slow and they pushed the tempo against us like we usually do to teams. They forced us to make adjustments and we did, but we could not climb all the way out of the hole we got in early,” said Reeves. Top scorers from the game were Pumpkin Brown with 21 points and Tatyana Davis who contributed 15 points. The Lady Dogs are taking their game against Stephenson in stride as they prepare for the busy schedule ahead. On Tuesday Jan. 6 Morgan County will play a region game against Oconee County. “Our mindset going into Oconee is the same as for all region games. We need to play our style of basketball and win region games,” said Reeves. The Lady Dogs will travel to Oconee for their first Tuesday night away game. “It is important to lock up the #1 seed in the region and that is our goal. Oconee is an experienced team and this will be our first away game on a Tuesday so we have to be prepared,” explained Reeves. After Oconee, the team will play Hart County on Friday Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. and Laney on Saturday Jan 10 at 6 p.m. Both Hart County and Laney will be home games so be sure to come out and show your Bulldog pride!