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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor

The Morgan County girls’ basketball team continued their winning ways this past week by defeating the number four seed out of 5-AAA Rockmart 62-36 and Westminster 63-42. The wins launch them into the Elite Eight at Augusta College and State University this weekend. Their first game at Augusta is scheduled for February 25th at 6:30 in a grudge match against long-time rival Laney High School. If the team can pull off the win, they would vie for a chance to play in the AAA state championship Final Four. Rockmart posed no threat to the Lady Dogs as the home team used a balanced offense and pressure defense to jump out to a 17-0 lead. The quarter ended with Rockmart finally getting a basket with :40 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Morgan then reeled off another quick six points to start the second quarter to take a 21 point lead at the 6:27 mark. It was 36-17 at the half. The third and fourth were more of the same with Morgan going up by as many as 25 after the half to take the 26 point win. Morgan then took another easy win against Westminster. Coach Josh Reeves talked about the second round game, “The Westminster game was a great test for us defensively and offensively.  The first half was just great defense on both ends of the court.  We were working extremely hard in our man defense and they were really pushing us in their 3-2 zone.

We were able to beat a couple of their rotations and make some tough layups and Sydney Nash hit a big three early on that really put the momentum on our side.  Tot (Davis) and Pumpkin (Brown) were able to create a couple of turnovers out of the press and finish with a couple of exciting layups on our end.  Unfortunately we finished the half with a couple of turnovers and went into half with a 26-15 lead.  The second half was much more of our speed.  We came out with a big couple of layups out of the gate and really dominated the third quarter and opened our lead to 21.  Lou Reid led the way in the third with seven points and Tot had six.  The fourth was more of the same and our girls did a great job of maintaining their intensity level throughout the game.” Leading scorers for the Lady Dogs were Davis with 19, Brown with 13, and Reid with 9. Reeves commented, “Defensively I felt like we had one of our best games of the year.  We got perfect help defense resulting in steals, blocks, and charges.  What more could you ask for?”

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