By R. Alan Richardson
The Morgan County Lady Dogs continue to climb the AAA rankings as they post wins over quality opponents. MOCO now ranks as the number two team in AAA behind only Beach (Savannah) High School. The girls are 11-3 overall and 5-0 in 8-AAA play. After coming away with a Sweet South Classic Tournament Championship last weekend, the team took a 76-31 win over a hapless Monroe Area squad on Friday.
The story for this team continues to be on the defensive end of the court. The man-to-man defensive effort along with various three-fourth and full court zone trapping looks creates easy opportunities for the Lady Dogs in transition. If you haven’t seen this team play, you’re missing out. They are fun to watch.
Seniors Lou Reid, Miranda Powell, and Neshay Cobb along with juniors Tamia Benford and Taylor Wilson give Coach Josh Reeves’ an outstanding starting five that pressure the ball as well as most teams around. The depth off the bench is also impressive.
It was no different on Friday in the win over the Lady Hurricanes. Unofficially, it was Reid with 20, Powell with 15, Benford with 10, and Wilson with nine points that led the offensive tally. Cobb has been a force inside leading the way in rebounds and blocked shots for the team.
The girls started a slowly in this one with Monroe taking the early 6-3 lead. It was a buzz saw after that with Morgan going on a 13-0 run to end the first quarter at 16-6. The Lady Dogs never looked back after that. It was 44-16 at the intermission. Reeves played his entire bench throughout the second half to get the easy win.
Reeves talked about his team’s continued improvement saying, “It was a slower start for us than expected. Monroe Area came out physical and forced us into tougher catches and drives than we were ready for. We finally squared ourselves up and made some shots, locked in on “D” and opened it up a little. Lou and Miranda led the way as usual with some big early buckets and Tamia created a lot of turnovers for us. I think that we did a good job of getting back in shape after the short break and we got up and down the floor pretty well after a slow start.”
The varsity teams will play Franklin County at home this Friday with JV starting at 4 p.m. and varsity at 7 p.m. They will then turn around on Saturday to host the Sweet South Shootout. The venue will highlight a number of highly ranked teams from Georgia. Action starts at p.m. with the varsity girls playing at 5:30 p.m. vs. Salem. The boys will play Duluth at 8:30 p.m.