By R. Alan Richardson
After six games under their belt both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams are off to good starts on the young season. The boys are an undefeated 6-0 while the girls follow closely at 4-2. MCMS has a lot of basketball still to play after the break as they vie for the Piedmont Athletic Conference (PAC) title.
First-year boys coach, Bo Larkin, takes over the reins from long-time Middle School Coach Milfred Franklin. He had a stellar career guiding his teams to numerous PAC Championships and producing some of the finest players to ever hit the hardcourt at Morgan County High School. Larkin’s job replacing Franklin will be a test, but he’s been up to the task.
Larkin is in his third year of teaching coming to the Bulldogs from Gwinnett County after getting his degree from UGA in physical education.
Here’s what he had to say about his team, “All of our players 1-13 can come in and contribute. They have all played in most of our games. The most important thing to me is building a team atmosphere with chemistry and effort. They are learning to trust their teammates which has given us some pretty balanced scoring. That’s because of playing time and buying in. We are trying to develop a will to win attitude that comes from hard work.”
Even though the scoring has been balanced the offensive bright spots have come from Desmond White, Denver Laughlin, and Tee Nelson. Larkin is assisted by Tay Hyman and Mike Carter.
This year’s ladies’ team is again led by eighth year head coach Brian Cousins. Cousins has made stops in Boston and in Rockdale County before coming to Madison 11 years ago. He has also coached baseball, golf, softball, and track.
Cousins said, “We’ve been playing OK, but we’re young starting two sixth graders and one seventh grader in the absence of our point guard who is injured right now.” He echoed some of the sentiments of Larkin saying, “It’s all about fundamentals at this level. Coach Reeves wants me to send him players that know how to block out, play defense, dribble, shoot layups, and pass that he can work with.
This year’s team works hard and is very athletic. They just need experience playing together and playing highly competitive basketball. All the girls have great attitudes, but we are also getting some good leadership from our eight graders like Miracle Hunter.”
Leading scorers for the team have been Hunter and Adrianna Lawrence.