By R. Alan Richardson
Morgan County’s boys’ JV basketball team got their rst win of the sea- son on the road over a solid Jackson County squad this week 43-36. Freshman for- ward Rogers Clark rose to the occasion by scoring 14 points for the Dogs while Chris Williams was a force inside on the boards adding six points. Malachi Hardy scored eight points (all in the fourth quarter) to add to the total and Marqua- vious Wright put up four more in the fourth to seal the win.
Coach Milfred Franklin said, “I was pleased with the way we started even though we missed a lot of easy baskets. We even- tually settled down and converted on those oppor- tunities. As a team our all- around defense improved in a way that allowed us to be successful and not have to play catch-up most of the
game like we have in previ- ous games. We are looking forward to building on this win and making a strong run the second half of the season.”
Williams scored the rst six points of the game on strong inside moves to give the Dogs the early lead. Consecutive three-point- ers by Jackson County got them back in the game and tied the score at 6-6 before the Panthers reeled o ve straight to end the quarter with a 12-9 lead. Clark’s three-pointer in the second quarter tied things up and the Dogs went on to take an 18-16 advantage into the half.
Morgan’s defensive pres- sure spurred a six-point run in the third to take a 26-18 lead and take the game into the fourth quarter in the driver’s seat. Wright and Hardy took things over in the fourth by dominating the inside. e Dogs led by as many as eleven before
getting the 43-36 victory.