By R. Alan Richardson
Another road trip landed all the Dog fans in Savannah on a three and a half hour drive to the Georgia Coast. The host venue was Armstrong Atlantic University where the girls took on Johnson-Savannah High School. A tough 48-39 loss ended the dream of yet another championship game for Morgan. The loss sets up a Beach/Johnson final that many prognosticators have said would happen since early in the season in AAA. Both have been highly ranked since day one so this was no cupcake opponent for the Lady Dogs.
Morgan seemed a little nervous in the early going missing what are usually easy shots and turning the ball over against a quick defense and the shot blockers of the Atom Smashers. MOCO came out playing man defense and using some zone pressure to try and slow down the “home” team. Morgan got behind early in the first quarter with Tat Davis scoring four of the Lady Dogs’ six. However, Johnson went 4-8 from the line and hit a three to take the 13-6 first quarter lead.
Morgan woke up to start the second period by scoring the first seven to tie things up. Morgan’s defense dug in to take a 22-17 advantage midway through the quarter before Johnson scored the last eight of the half to lead by 25-22. The Lady Dogs committed three straight turnovers during that span to give Johnson some daylight.
The third quarter belonged to Johnson as they stretched the lead to nine at 36-27. Morgan could only muster five points during the period with Davis scoring four of those. Coach Reeves called timeout in the fourth as the lead swelled to 11 at 40-29. The Lady Dogs cut the lead to seven, but that was as close as they could get. Morgan had to foul and the Atom Smashers hit seven of their last 10 charity stripe attempts to grab the win and a ticket to the big game.
These girls have made us all proud! They stood tall in some of the biggest games and toughest opponents they faced. There are a lot of players, teams, and coaches that might go their entire careers and never taste what a Final Four or State Championship feels like. Coach Reeves said it best, “It was a great season.” We all know that and have been honored to see it all unfold! Thanks for allowing us all to be a part of it.