It was a great week for our JV girls’ basketball team as they took wins over East Jackson 37-35 in a squeaker and Monroe Area 39-13.
Coach Candy Wyatt’s group has shown vast improvement over the first games as was evidenced in their final minute win over the Lady Eagles.
Both teams started cold and ended the first quarter 5-2. Before the half the Lady Dogs had a 10-point run that was somewhat quieted when East Jackson hit a late three to make the score 15-10 at intermission. With Morgan leading 24-19 near the end of the third, the Lady Eagles hit a free throw and a bucket at the buzzer to close within two 24-22.
Neither team could put any distance between them and their opponent and it turned out to be some late heroics that led to the win. With 1:32 left in the contest Morgan trailed 35-34 before Miracle Hunter made an inside basket with 55 seconds remaining. After a missed shot by East Jackson Williams was fouled and made one of her two attempts with only 36.2 ticks on the clock. The Lady Dogs forced a jump ball on the ensuing possession and dribbled out the clock for the win.
The girls had a breather against Monroe Friday in a game that was no contest from the opening tip. Monroe scored four points to Morgan’s 12 in the opening quarter, but found themselves going scoreless in the second while the Lady Dogs poured in nine to close the half with 15 unanswered points. They coasted from there. Leading scorers for Morgan were Adrianna Lawrence with the hot hand vs. East Jackson with 12 points followed by Tiana Adams and Arkesia Williams with seven and Tamia Benford with four.
The boys only faced one opponent during the week against archrival Monroe Area. It was a physical game that the Dogs came up short in by a score of 46-37. It was close in the early going with Morgan holding a slight edge 10-8 in the second quarter. Monroe caught fire scoring the next 14 points of the game before halftime. The Dogs trailed 22-10 at the break.
Coach Milfred Franklin made some halftime changes that saw the boys close the gap within three at 27-24. That was as close as they would get. Monroe closed out the third quarter on another run of seven to take a 34-24 advantage into the final period. The Dogs battled, but the damage had been done. Offensively, Morgan got 12 points from Desmond White, eight from Trent Folds, and seven from Armond Wright.
Coach Franklin said, “We didn’t play well the first half and we made some adjustments for the second half and were able to get back in the game. I believe with the energy we exerted climbing out of the hole we were in, we lost our mental focus. When we are able to stay completely focused throughout the game with everyone, we will then be able to make great strides as a team.”