Middle School hardcourt Dogs have busy week

Staff Written Sports

By R. Alan Richardson

sports editor

Morgan County’s Middle School basketball teams continue to compete in Piedmont Athletic Conference games as the second half of the season moves on.  The Middle School girls are still undefeated after wins over Social Circle and Loganville this past week.  The boys have lost some close ones and are still in the hunt for a PAC playoff spot.

The girls defeated Social Circle 35-23, but got off to a slow start before turning it on in the second half.  The first quarter score of 4-4 and an 11-8 half time advantage Morgan at the half belied the second half blitz that the Lady Bulldogs would put on.  Going to some full court pressure, MOCO went on a 19-0 run that put the Lady Indians out of their misery.  With 13.5 seconds remaining in the third period, Social Circle got a free throw to make it 27-12 going into the final six minutes.  The home team put up a fight against Morgan’s second team before the starters came in to finish the job.

Coach Brian Cousins said, “We got started very slowly, but turned it up in the second half with our full court pressure.  That was the difference in the game.”

Friday’s contest vs Loganville ended in a Morgan County 34-15 win.  Leading scorers were Precious Benford with six, Andrea Cooper with six, Kymora Smith with five and Destiny Hunter with seven points.  Also scoring were Jaden Young and Tameria Smith with two points each.

Morgan’s boys had two hotly contested games, but couldn’t get over the hump this week with a win.  The Social Circle loss of 34-23 saw the Dogs trailing 3-2 after a slow first quarter for both squads.  Social Circle came out swinging in the second quarter to take a 20-7 halftime lead.  MOCO cut the lead to nine at the end of three quarters of play, but could get no closer.  Reggie Ross led the scoring with nine points.

Vs Loganville on Friday, the boys took a 53-44 loss in another close one.  Antavious Elder had nine in the losing cause while TJ Thompson took home scoring honors for the Bulldogs with 11 and Ross added eight.

Coach Bo Larkins commented on the Loganville game with this, “We played well at times but struggled getting multiple defensive stops.  Loganville did a great job of working the offensive glass to get extra possessions, which resulted in easy baskets.  We are looking forward to hosting Greene County Middle School on Wednesday and Youth Middle School on Friday.”  Both games will start at 4:30 with girls and boys at 6:00 at Morgan County Middle School.

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