In a season-ended grand finale, the Morgan County Middle School Girls finished out their season with a bang. Not only did they finish the season with a perfect 17-0 record, but they topped that off by taking home the Piedmont Athletic Conference Championship Trophy on the MCHS home court.
After walloping the Lady Red Devils of Loganville 41-15 in the first round, the Lady Dogs faced a better team in the second round. Social Circle gave Morgan a better game, but the girls prevailed to move on to the Championship Round.
Coach Brian Cousins gave these details of the Championship game. “It was our closest game of the year (won 39-36). We fell behind 5-0 early and had to work our way back. We pressed the entire game and came back to take a seven point lead at the half. Shay Brown had 15 points in the first half. Putnam County made a great adjustment and played her in a man-to-man the entire second half. We got the lead up to 10 at the beginning of the fourth quarter before Putnam made a furious run cutting the lead to three. Through great defense, great post play and some key free throws, we held on to win the PAC conference. Aliyah Cooper, Precious Benford, Tameria Smith, Tamaya Smith, Andrea Cooper, Shay Brown and Destiny Hunter played well throughout the game and were very composed when Putnam made their run. Throughout the season, every girl on the team has contributed to our undefeated season. They worked hard each day at practice to push one another to be their best. I am very proud to have coached such a great group of girls!! Their future and the future of Morgan County girl’s basketball are very bright.”
In boys’ action the Bulldogs found themselves on the wrong end of a 43-37 score as Loganville got the win over the Bulldogs in the semifinal matchup of the Piedmont Athletic Conference Tournament. The Red Devils avenged an earlier loss to Morgan a few days ago to move on to the Championship Round to take on Social Circle. The Redskins are the number one seed in the tournament.
In the contest, Loganville’s coaching staff decided to go with an unorthodox triangle and two defensive alignment to try and slow down guards Ty Butler and Demetrice Mainer. The twosome had given the Red Devils fits in the previous matchup at Morgan and the defense worked to perfection in the early going. On the other side of the coin, Morgan’s usually effective pressure full court defense didn’t produce the turnovers and layups they usually are accustomed to getting. Loganville broke the press with ease and converted on their end to take a 12-3 lead after one quarter of play.
Morgan began to figure out the triangle in the second quarter, but still trailed by nine at the half 20-11. They didn’t help their cause at the free throw line either going 4-10 in the first half. Rogers Clark got six of Morgan’s 11 before intermission.
The third quarter ended with the Dogs still on the negative side of the score at 30-18, but Morgan finally woke up in the final period. A basket by Zee Miller, two more by Clark and a deep three-pointer by Butler got the Dogs back in business as they went on an 8-0 run and closed the gap to three points before Loganville called timeout with 3:36 remaining. Butler made one of two charity shots to cut it to two and it looked like the Dogs might make a great comeback before the Red Devils answered with an old-fashioned three-point play of their own to go up by five. With only 3:02 remaining, Loganville scored six straight that ended with a four-of-four effort from the free throw line to push their lead back up to 11 at 39-28. The final of 43-37 ended the season for the Middle School.