Morgan’s boys JV team got wins at home vs. the Franklin County Lions 48-33 in dominating fashion, but lost one to Heritage Saturday 50-40 in a much closer game than the final score indicated. Friday’s game at Hart County was one that got away on the last possession as Morgan fell by two 39-37. The girls got a nice win over Hart County in their only game of the week 30-29.
The young group of boys, composed of mostly ninth graders, is showing potential for future Bulldog mania to continue.
Guards 14 Armond Wright and Desmond White are a deadly duo that can score off the dribble as well as from downtown.
Forward Trent Folds is holding his own in the paint as well as from midrange.
MOCO started their week with a good win over Franklin by asserting themselves defensively holding the Lions to only 33 points. T
he guard tandem of Wright and White, along with the full-court pressure caused some problems for their opponent and created numerous turnovers that turned into layups.
Both had six in the first quarter to take a ¬17-11 lead. Franklin took a one point lead at 22-21 before Coach Milfred Franklin called a timeout to stop the bleeding and the Dogs reeled off six straight to take a 27-22 advantage into the locker.
The play of Wright, White, and Folds gave Morgan a 32-27 lead after three quarters.
That lead could have widened had the Dogs not gone 2-8 from the free throw line. Morgan poured it on in the final seven minutes to win by 15. Wright had 14, White 20, and Folds 9 for the Dogs.
At Hartwell the team held leads of 24-13 at the half and 34-26 after three quarters, but a dismal shooting performance in the fourth where the Dogs only scored three points led to their demise.
Hart put 11 points on the board for the 39-37. The final two points of the afternoon came on the last possession for Hart to give the team a heartbreaking loss.
Saturday’s contest saw Morgan tie the game at 37-37 early in the fourth quarter after a six-point run.
However, it was Heritage that went on a run of their own to end the game The 11-2 finish was enough to polish off the win for the Patriots.
Franklin talked about his team’s week, “Against Hart we lost on the last possession by two. The first half we played very well, but the second half we seemed to stray away from what was successful. We didn’t box out very well which allowed some second chance points and we didn’t capitalize on their turnovers throughout the game. In the Heritage game we played with tremendous effort but during several situations we couldn’t keep our man in front of us. We had a bad stretch of mental mistakes and careless turnovers which allowed them to take a commanding lead. The players understand now how important it is to value the basketball in close games.”
With the cancellation of the Heritage girls’ JV game, the Lady Dogs’ ended up playing only one game over the past week.
They came away with an exciting win over archrival Hart County on the road 30-29. Miracle Hunter led all scorers with 12 points while Addrianna Lawrence added seven and Arkisha Williams and Kourtney Elder both had four.
Coach Candy Wyatt said, “We were able to come out early with our hands up and moving our feet on defense. Our girls showed a lot of improvement on offense as well. We were able to set some good picks and were effective flashing to the ball. The game was close at the end but we were able to hang on to our lead for the win.”
Next on the agenda for the JV girls will be Jan. 9 vs. East Jackson and Jan. 12 against Monroe Area. Both games are at home. The boys will only play Monroe Area. Friday’s games will tip-off at 4:00 p.m.