By R. Alan Richardson
This past week the Junior Varsity Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs played host to the Franklin County Lions and came out with a split decision. These youngsters are showing a lot of promise as they continue to improve on a weekly basis under the tutelage of two fine young coaches. Brett Bell (girls) and Milfred Franklin (boys) have done outstanding jobs getting these players ready for the next level.
The girls took a 45-32 win Friday leading the entire game as they grabbed an 8-5 advantage after the first quarter with four different players scoring. The team exploded for 15 more points in the second period with Tamia Benford tossing in seven of the team’s total.
The starting five of Taylor Wilson, Kourtney Elder, Arkisha Williams, Benford, and Neshay Cobb took over after the break. They scored all of MOCO’s points (12) to take sizeable 35-24 lead going into the final period. Quarter number four saw the girls hold Franklin to eight points for the win. Leading the way for the Lady Dogs were the same starting five combining for 41 of the team’s 45 points. Elder had 13 to lead all scorers.
Morgan’s boys didn’t fare as well losing 52-33. The Dogs fell behind early scoring only three points in the first quarter and trailed 34-16 at the half. It was a long night for the team, but there were some bright spots. KJ Wyatt led the scoring with eight followed closely by AJ Brown with seven.
Coach Franklin said, “We didn’t compete with our man to man defense like we are capable of. We allowed Franklin County to get to the basket too easy and allowed them to make several uncontested three-pointers. I feel as if the players played with a sense of “It’s ok” and not the hungry mentality, but as a coaching staff we will get them back to playing Bulldog basketball.”