By R. Alan Richardson
In a much-needed win for the Lady Dogs’ basketball team, Morgan put a whuppin’ on a young and overmatched Monroe Area lineup this past Friday 52-18. The game was never in doubt. There’s nothing like a win to get your kids to believe in themselves and regain some confidence after some very close losses. That’s what Josh Reeves and his team needed and got.
The girls jumped out to a 9-0 lead early and a 14-3 first quarter start. Santija Reid, Salina Fortune, and others were responsible for the offensive damage and the team defense stifled the Lady Purple Hurricanes the entire night. Autumn Woodard had a nice second quarter as Morgan continued the onslaught going into the half. Aris Hubbard put the exclamation point on for the Lady Dogs as she put one in at the buzzer for the 25-9 advantage.
The second half was more of the same. The usual names pop up in the scorebook, but it was Tatyana (Tat) Davis who was on fire for the ladies. Davis hit on three three-pointers and scored 12 points in the quarter to put Monroe in the back mirror for good. Morgan led 46-14 going into the final period when Reeves emptied his bench.
These girls coming off the bench can all play! They played the entire quarter and actually lengthened the lead from 32 points to 34 in some quality court time for them. Some of these girls are very young and will be the future of Morgan County Lady Dog Basketball. When things get out of hand and the bench players get some time, please don’t leave the game. Stay, watch, and encourage all you can. They deserve it because of the hard work they put in every day going up against the varsity.
Players like Taylor Wilson, Tamia Benford, Kourtney Elder, and Neshay Cobb are all ninth graders playing with the varsity that warrant your attention for the years to come.
The Lady Dogs will play next at home against Jackson County in another highly important Region 8-AAA matchup. The opposition is 10-5 overall with a 1-1 region record. Game time is 6 p.m. for the girls and 7:30p.m. for the boys.