By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor
It was all Dogs at East Jackson this past week as both varsity and JV teams brought home the wins. The Lady Dogs came away with a hotly contested 45-42 victory on the road before losing at Jefferson Friday 68-47 and again on Saturday at Newton 51-39. It was an eerily similar week for the girls and boys. The girls fought out a close one at EJ before losing by an almost identical score at Jefferson before playing well against a much bigger Newton school Saturday.
Coach Timothy Roop told us, “We played much better against Newton than in game one (65-45 loss). We still had a few things that gave them the edge. We had about 10 missed layups and we missed on a couple of open looks down the stretch that could have really tightened the game. On the week as a whole it was a rough one. We had to fight to hold on to the game at East Jackson. With Jefferson we just couldn’t get the defensive stop when we needed it. To come in and play Newton the way we did I was pleased. We spent Friday night playing man at #1 Jefferson and came out and gave Newton a battle in another tough road game, our third road game of the week. We still have some areas to grow and we will continue to work to get better.”
Neshay Cobb was the leading scorer in the win over East Jackson with 11 followed closely by Tamia Benford and Shay Brown with 10 each. In Morgan’s loss to Jefferson, Brown poured in 15 while Benford connected for 13 points.
The Newton contest was much closer than the previous matchup in the first game of the season when the Lady Rams took Morgan to task in the 20-point margin of victory. Saturday, the girls came within 10 at the 3:33 mark in the fourth quarter when Benford scored a driving layup and then made good on two free throws before losing only by 12 down the stretch. A cold shooting spell from the floor in the final minutes and for some of the night doomed the valiant comeback attempt.
In the Newton game it was Benford again with 14 points that led the offensive attack. The Lady Dogs also got eight points from shooting guard Brown and center Cobb. Cobb has upped her game over the past few nights in her scoring, rebounding, and shot blocking areas, and is becoming a major force for Morgan County in the paint.
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for Roop’s troops this week with an important 8-AAA matchup against Jackson County Tuesday. They will then again go on the road to face Tucker in the Peach State Holiday Classic at Westlake on Dec. 20. According to the bracket, they will then play the winner of the Woodland vs. Carver Columbus game Saturday. A third contest will take place on Dec. 23 to finish up the pre-Christmas schedule.
Roop commented, “We have a schedule loaded with competition so come playoff time it will just be another night for us.”