By R. Alan Richardson sports editor
The Bulldogs blitzkrieged their competition on Monday night in the first round of the Sweet South Classic by demolishing Hampton 72-28 in the boys game and 86-24 in the girls contest. The wins sent both teams into the second round of the championship bracket where the boys will face Stone Mountain and the girls will square off against Central Gwinnett in what seem to be higher competition games. Morgan’s Lady Dogs jumped out early 10-0 with their patented 1-2-2 press that created havoc for the Lady Hornets all night. It created numerous turnovers that resulted in layups that led to a 25-4 first quarter advantage. Hampton would never get any closer. The lead swelled to 56-17 by the half and it was empty the bench time for Coach Josh Reeves after that.
Leading scorers for Morgan were Pumpkin Brown and Tatyana Davis with 23 each followed by Sydney Nash’s 10 and Brittany Belser’s nine. Coach Josh Reeves talked about the win, “We came out strong in our press and did what we do by the guards creating turnovers that led to easy buckets and layups. We can sometimes get stagnant on offense if we can’t set our press. When we can do that, we are at our best. We shot the ball well and had an overall good game. Anytime you put 86 on the board you know you’ve done a lot of things right. We’ve got a good Central Gwinnett team tomorrow night. They try to speed you up and make you turn it over so we must pay attention to detail in that area.” Morgan’s boys followed up in similar fashion with a 44 point pounding of the Hampton boys that was never in doubt. Even though the first half was a bit sloppy for both teams, Morgan took a 33-13 lead into the locker room at the half mainly on the play of seniors Devorious Brown and Jailyn Ingram.
Ingram led the scoring with 22 while Alec Woodard got 14, Briscoe nine, and Brown and Alexander each added eight to the tally. Head Coach Jamond Sims said, “This first round win was big for us going into the game with Stone Mountain tomorrow. We pretty much man handled Hampton, but got to see some different faces in the game to see what they could do. The guys did what we expected them to do which was to take care of business and they did just that. We will have a much tougher challenge tomorrow night.”