By R. Alan Richardson
Coach Brett Bell’s JV girls had an unblemished week with wins over Jefferson, Cedar Shoals, and Putnam County to start the 2016-17 campaign. Several of these girls also compete with the varsity squad and dress out during their games. Since the varsity and JV practice together on a daily basis, it will only help to make these girls better going up against better competition.
The first game and home opener for the girls wasn’t decided until the final buzzer sounded. The Jefferson Lady Dragons jumped out 6-2 before Morgan found their footing Neshay Cobb scored six of the Lady Dogs 10 points in the first quarter to take a slim 10-9 lead. Jefferson had the hot hand in the second period outscoring the girls 8-3. The only points for Morgan came early in the second quarter on an old-fashioned three-point play by Tamia Benford. The girls trailed 17-13 at the half.
Benford came out carrying the team after the break with five points in the period, but Morgan couldn’t cut into the lead and still trailed by three at 23-20. The fourth quarter was a doozy with the Lady Dogs finally taking the lead after falling down by nine after a six point spurt by the Dragons to start the quarter. Morgan roared back outscoring Jefferson 13-4 to take the lead with :46 seconds remaining in the contest. The run was led by Cobb who scored the last six points of the game. Morgan went up 34-33, but came up with two of their own to take the lead back at 35-34. However, with 1.2 seconds left, Cobb was fouled and went to the free throw line for two shots. One would put it into overtime and two would take the win. Neither shot touched the rim as she calmly won the game with two that swished the net to take the one point 36-35 victory. If you’ve ever been in that situation, you would concede that what Cobb did is not an easy task with the game on the line.
Later in the week the JV Lady Dogs took down Cedar Shoals in a tight game 42-38 and blistered Putnam County 40-13.