By R. Alan Richardson
After receiving an at-large bid to participate as the number four seed out of Region 1-AAA, the Lady Dogs traveled to Columbus in the first round and defeated Kendrick High School. That win sent the Lady Dogs on to the Sweet Sixteen this past week where they again had a long road trip to Savannah to take on another number one seed in Johnson. Morgan came up short in this one losing 66-44 to end their 2018-19 season. It was another good one for Coach Josh Reeves’ troops.
The girls ended the season at 19-8 and a Sweet Sixteen finish. Reeves commented, “We had aspirations of going farther. The way we were playing in the middle of the year, I thought we could have, but injuries to Lou (Reid), Shay (Brown), and Miracle (Hunter) really hurt us. None of them really got all the way back. It was a season that most coaches and teams would be super happy about, but the girls wanted more. It would have been nice to see people like Lou and Miranda (Powell) make it farther in their senior year. For some it would have been a dream season. It was a great year for us.”
Reid, Morgan’s outstanding point guard and four-year starter reflected on the season and her career, “The only thing is I couldn’t play and help my team to their full potential due to my injury. I missed the first four and last four games through the Region Tournament, but couldn’t play to my full ability at state. We had a great season and nothing to be ashamed of.”
The Lady Dogs fell behind early at Johnson and couldn’t quite recover from an early eight-point deficit 22-14 after the first quarter. They found themselves down by 10 at the half 39-29. A cold shooting third quarter was the team’s demise when they could only come up with six points while Johnson lengthened the lead to 54-29 before taking the home win.
Reeves said, “Johnson could go all the way. They are that good with a couple of really strong players, but I didn’t feel like they were 22 points better than us, but they were that night. They made shots, and especially some early three’s that we didn’t see coming from film we had watched. We missed some shots we usually make and that was the difference.”
Powell, one of Morgan’s leading scorers on the season noted, “They were a good team, but I felt like if we could have made more shots like we usually do and rebounded better, we could have beaten them or made it a lot closer.” The senior was honored at Morgan’s boys’ game with GAC for becoming one of MOCO’s all-time leading scorers with her 1000th point!
Reid also weighed in on the Johnson game, “We could have beat them, but we made some mistakes in the first half and came out a little slow and got behind. It was hard then to come back. It took us a long time to figure some things out that could have made it closer.”
Leading the way at Savannah in the scoring department were Reid with 13 (11 in the second half), Taylor Wilson with 12 (10 in the second half), and Powell with seven.
The two captains were asked to reflect on the season and careers. Powell was asked how she would like to be remembered 20 years from now. She said, “I was never selfish and a team player who was a good shooter and winner.” Some people would most likely add to that her superior character and a great young lady. Reid said about her final season, “We did better than last year, but this team was much closer as a family. We had our differences but it never stopped us from loving each other. I learned a lot about patience and being a leader.” She will undergo shoulder surgery in March.
Reeves commented about his team saying, “We had a great relationship with each other and were a joy to watch play. I’ve had some really good teams that were hard to coach and teams that weren’t the best that were a delight. This team had a little of both. When we went on the road, you didn’t have to worry about them because they held each other to a higher standard by being polite and respectful. They were like my children and I enjoyed being around them and going to practice with them every day. But, that didn’t take away from their intensity and attitude on the floor. They played with an edge and with a purpose. It was a fun season that I hated to see end.”
Congratulations girls on a fine season!