Hardcourt Dogs win two: Sims says Morgan still not at its best

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor

Morgan’s boys, like the girls, had a nice week of successful play going 2-0 over Jackson County and Jefferson in region action. The Dogs had no problem disposing of Jackson County on Tuesday by a final of 62-50 and it didn’t take long for them to flex their muscles. The good guys jumped all over JC in the first period taking a 25-9 lead and never looked back. Devorious Brown came out shooting from downtown making two threes in the first along with a couple of charity stripe attempts for eight points while Jordan Ford contributed seven in the first eight minutes.

By the end of the third quarter the Dogs lead had swelled to 60-37 and Coach Jamond Sims emptied his bench. Morgan’s second-liners only managed two points in the fourth quarter, but the outcome had long since been determined. Leading scorers were Jailyn Ingram with 15, Ford 14, and Alec Woodard, with his highest output of the season, scoring 13. Ingram was 5-5 from the line and overall the team was sharp in the free throw shooting department going 9-11. The Dogs took on Jefferson last Friday and blistered the Dragons 57-23 giving up only four points in the entire second half. The game, however, was much closer than the final score indicates as Jefferson only trailed by 10 at the half. The stifling second half defense by Sims’ group was more than theDragons could handle. Morgan outscored Jefferson 28-4 in the second to put the win away.

The Dogs offense was led by Ingram’s 16 and Brown’s 13. Sims talked about the week’s games, “The last two games we’ve won, but have yet to play our best game. We were able to score points against Jackson, but were not locked in defensively. Our communication and rotations seemed to be a little slow all night. Offensively, we got a preview of what others could bring to the table. Alec was able to make some open jump shots, along with our usual senior output. I thought our defensive focus was better against Jefferson as we had to adjust our rotations and substitutions.” Next up for the Dogs will be next week’s Sweet South Classic at Morgan on December 28-30. It should be an outstanding basketball tournament.

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