The Morgan County Lady Dogs ushered out their three seniors in grand fashion by taking a 51-31 victory over Jackson County on senior night last Tuesday. Jamie Puckett, Aris Hubbard, and Morgan Walker were honored between games as they played their final home game of their highly successful careers. In addition, Hubbard was named to the 8-AAA All-Region team along with juniors Lou Reid and Miranda Powell on Monday.
Morgan took command of this one early taking a 17-7 lead after the first quarter. Still missing leading scorer Reid, Powell took it upon herself to give her team a lift. And did she ever. After scoring 11 of the Lady Dogs’ first 17, she went on to a career high of 26 on the night. Powell barely hit the rim only missing two shots on 7-9 shooting in the first half. It was a stellar performance from the Athens Christian transfer. MOCO took a 27-14 advantage into the intermission and went on to continue their superiority in second half play to get the win.
Morgan took on a much-improved Monroe Area team on the road last Friday and came away with a close 47-44 win that put them in a second-place tie with Hart County.
It’s hard not to continue the positivity surrounding this team. They ride a four-game win streak going into the Region Tournament and are playing their best basketball at just the right time. Last year the girls went into the tournament as the same number three seed as this year and ended up upsetting Franklin County in the finals to win their fourth straight Region Championship. They rode that momentum all the way to a Final Four appearance coming up one game short of playing for all the marbles. There are so many similarities between these two teams that it’s scary. It’s a given that Coach Josh Reeves is hoping for some similar results this year. The Lady Dogs are 11-13 going into the tournament and have posted a 7-3 mark in Region play.
This week a Morgan County Basketball Facebook post read, “The road to Macon starts here.” Let’s just hope that the prognosticator was right.
As you read this article the Lady Dogs will hopefully be poised to go to another State Tournament having reached the Final Four of the Region Tournament. The first game vs. #6 seeded East Jackson occurred on Tuesday of this week before deadline and details were not available. Should they have won that game, they will be headed to the 8-AAA Region Tournament Final Four to take on #2 seeded Hart County at 4:00 p.m. at Emmanuel College. Morgan was tied with Hart County in Region play with identical 7-3 records, but lost out on the tiebreaker to take the #3 seed into the tournament.