Dogs, Lady Dogs prepare for Region tourney

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By R. Alan Richardson

sports editor

Morgan County’s varsity basketball teams finished up their regular season schedule with wins over Monroe Area this past Tuesday on the road.  Both squads are now gearing up for the Region 8-AAA Tournament, and hopefully a deep run in the State playoffs beyond that.

The Lady Dogs disposed of Monroe Area handily 56-46 to post a regular season record of 18-6 and 9-3 in Region play.  Coach Josh Reeves said, “The Monroe game was not our best effort but a win none the less.  We were playing at an earlier time because of the potential for ice and we came out a little dead and didn’t have the killer instinct we needed to put them away.  They stayed around but we out lasted them in the end. Miranda (Powell) had 18 points and Tamia (Benford) had 20.

The girls will now be looking at a possible rematch with Monroe Area in the first round of the Region Tournament to be held at Hart County.  “Region is an exciting week but we have to stay focused.  Big games every other day and we have to focus on the game in front of us.  Our Region has good teams and everyone will be a tough out.  First up is Monroe Area and we definitely need to play a better game than we did last week,” noted the head coach.

Senior Miranda Powell weighed in on the week with these comments, “Against Monroe we didn’t play like ourselves, but still came out with the 10 point win.  Without Lou (Reid) I feel like there’s some added pressure on me as the other senior.  As our second-leading scorer, I think the team is depending on me more.  I really do miss her and having her out there (laughed).

I hope we can come out with a win in the first round and then get a win against Hart County since we lost to them twice this year.  We’ve been working hard to get another chance at them.”

The boys posted a 63-59 over the Purple Hurricanes Tuesday.  It was not the game Coach Jamond Sims was hoping for.  “We jumped out on them early and then put it in neutral and coasted after that.”  Asked if that was a concern going into the Region Tournament, he said, “Region maybe, but not so much the State.  It’s win or go home when you get to that point.  That number one Region seeding and home court advantage means a lot.  I just hope the guys really relish and embrace what they’ve been able to do for the past four years and even beyond that.”

Tyrin Lawrence had a great outing offensively scoring 29 points on 11-17 shooting from the field to go along with his four rebounds, three assists, and four steals.  Stevin Greene had 11 points, five boards, and four assists while Alec Woodard continued his all-around play with eight points, five rebounds, seven assists, and four steals.  

AJ Brown was a force on the offensive glass grabbing eight rebounds while contributing seven points to the total.

The Bulldogs haven’t lost a regular season region game since Tookie Brown was a freshman.  Folks, that’s been eight years ago.  They’ve also hoisted seven straight Region Championship trophies.  Let’s hope they can make it eight this weekend.  

Don’t miss the action.  If the girls win Tuesday night’s contest, they will play at 4:00 Thursday while the boys will play the nightcap that same day at 8:30 against the number four or five seed (Franklin County or Monroe Area).

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