By R. Alan Richardson sports editor
Before a packed house the Lady Dogs again flexed their muscle against the former number one state-ranked Lady Wildcats Saturday night winning 72-53. The Morgan faithful would all agree that this might have been their best overall team effort and game of the season. The girls came into the game ranked first in most state polls since they defeated the number one ranked Buford Lady Wolves and Laney Lady Wildcats in consecutive games earlier in the season. It was a physical and up-tempo game that showcased the athleticism of both squads while the officials let both teams play without calling very many fouls. The paint was no place for the weak or weary. The first quarter was a back-and-forth affair with four lead changes. The score was tied 14-all after eight minutes. Tatyana Davis provided most of the scoring with six points in the first quarter while Pumpkin Brown and Sydney Nash added balance to the scoring attack.
The Lady Dogs went on a 9-2 run to begin the second quarter and it was Nash doing most of the damage with her all-out and relentless style of play that sparked the team. She was responsible for seven of those points and the pressure full-court defense forced some turnovers to take a 34-25 lead going into the intermission. After the half Morgan went on another 15-2 run that extended their lead to 20 at 47-27. Nash was again key in the quarter with nine points as the team put Laney in their rearview mirror. However, the Lady Wildcats did not quit and showed why they are a state championship contender again this year by cutting the lead to as little as 11 on two separate occasions, but that was as close as they got. It was Davis who stood tall and stepped up to help Morgan regain their composure and finish Laney off for the 19 point victory. Leading the way for Morgan were Nash with 18 points and 12 boards along with Davis pouring in 24 in the winning cause.
Head Coach Josh Reeves weighed in on the huge win, “I think the difference may have been that we go 10-12 deep with very good players and Laney only goes seven. Our 1-2-1-1 press grinds on you and depth makes a difference when you press the entire game. We want to win every quarter by being in better shape and running a lot to get to that point. Our girls were super excited about the win after losing to Laney twice last year. I think that the work ethic and the cast of guards we have that are starters for three to four years really makes a difference for us. They bust their tail every day and it’s paid off for them. We’ve also gotten to the point that none of the players care much about how they played, just whether we won or not because winning is contagious and that’s all that matters to them.”