By R. Alan Richardson
Morgan’s Lady Dogs went up against some tough competition this past weekend in the Spartan Shootout at West Hall High School. Morgan lost to the host team on Friday and fell in a close one to Woodstock 56-51 Saturday.
Here’s what Coach Josh Reeves had to say, “Friday we played West Hall at West Hall. The game started out a little back-and-forth. West Hall is a good solid team with a couple of really good scorers up front who made some big shots early. We responded well but got in foul trouble early. We had to scramble to find a rotation after the foul trouble and struggled to put the ball in the basket but wouldn’t have time only down five.
Coming out in the second half there was a lot more back-and-forth in the scoring column. Unfortunately, their best players hit a couple of big shots and opened a gap in the fourth quarter that we could not come back from. Salina Fortune played excellent with 10 points and more than 10 rebounds. Morgan Walker came off the bench and scored a solid seven for us. Tot (Davis) scored eight. Overall we have to be a better disciplined team when it comes to my house and boxing out. Our fundamentals are not where they need to be at this point and that’s what this game is all about.”
The loss to Woodstock on Saturday was a similar story. Early foul trouble became a problem when Davis picked up her third in the second quarter. Once again MOCO struggled to put the ball in the basket in the first half.
Reeves commented, “We were down 39 to 29 going to halftime. We came out with a flurry in the second half and cut the lead down quickly with excellent defense. However Woodstock was able to get in the paint and get a couple of quick easy buckets which put us back on our heels. Once again we encountered a fourth-quarter deficit that was difficult for us to overcome. We cut it down to five by the end of the game. However, it was still in a losing effort. Lou Reed played well and scored 20 points and Tot had 17. Morgan Walker once again gave us a solid eight off the bench.”
Here’s how the Coach summed up the tournament, “Overall for the weekend we just have to be better fundamentally and we have to take advantage of teams when we can. We really have to stop playing from behind and get out in front with good solid defense. Also, we need to start putting the ball in the basket with a little higher efficiency.”
Next up for the Lady Dogs will be the Morgan County Sweet South Classic at home December 28-30.