Middle School Teams Derail Youth

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By R. Alan Richardson

Sports Editor

It was two for the price of one at Morgan County Middle School this past Friday as both Bulldog teams took down the best team in the Piedmont Athletic Conference. 

The girls fell behind early 6-4 in their game with the only scoring coming from the free throw stripe as Miracle Hunter and Reign Williams knocked down two each in the first six minutes of play.  The Lady Dogs came alive in the second outscoring Youth 12-5 and going on an 8-2 run with less than two minutes on the clock.  Adrianna Lawrence, Tamya Smith, Williams, and Hunter all contributed for Morgan to take a 16-11 lead into the half.

Morgan stretched the lead to 25-17 at the end of three and then held Youth scoreless in the fourth to take the 29-17 victory.  Williams had 11, Hunter ended up with eight, and Mya Parrott added seven in a winning cause.

Coach Brian Cousins said, “We played three games this week and went 2-1, but we only lost to Carver by one.  The girls are playing better as the year goes on, they’re just very young.  We had some players out with ankle injuries and flu, but others have stepped up and played well.”

The Bulldogs dominated the second game of the doubleheader winning 43-24.  First-year head coach    Bo Larkins took over the program from Milfred Franklin this season and looks like he’s continuing the success founded by Franklin.

Marquavious Wright helped the Dogs take the lead they would never surrender by scoring six of his nine total points in the first quarter.  Morgan was up 11-2 after one quarter and the Dogs continued to build on that lead in the second.  It was Desmond White’s time at that point scoring six of his game-high ten in that period.  The lead swelled to 19-11 at intermission.  Sound ball movement and good old-fashioned ‘get after it’ in their man-to-man defense was good to see at this level of play.  This team is quick and unselfish and shows why Morgan County High School’s varsity program continues to reload instead of rebuild.  Our feeder programs are in great shape.

Here’s what Larkins had to say, “I am proud of the way we played team defense tonight. Whenever you can hold a team in the 20s you give yourself a great chance to get a win. We had seven players score, with five scoring five or more points.”  White led all scorers with ten points.  Others adding to the home team’s total were: Ty Butler with four, Tee Nelson with five, Jai Peek with six, Denver Laughlin with seven, Wright with nine, and Kobridgett Lumpkin added two.

The final home game for the Dogs and Lady Dogs will be against rival Greene County on Wednesday, January 25, girls will begin at 4:30 pm and the boys will immediately follow.

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