By R. Alan Richardson, Sports Editor
The Morgan County girls’ basketball squad got a win over River Ridge (Woodstock), but fell to the host team North Oconee Lady Titans in the Classic City Clash over the weekend. The split decision brings the girls’ record to 7-9 heading into the second half of the schedule after the holiday break.
According to Coach Timothy Roop, the improved effort from the free throw line was instrumental in the victory over River Ridge as the team made good on all but five attempts. He said, “Shay Brown, Tamia Benford, and Taylor Wilson led the way for us in the scoring column, but we had contributions from nearly every girl that stepped on the court. Neshay Cobb and Miracle Hunter gave us some big minutes as well.” Morgan ran out to a slim two point halftime lead only to see the Lady Knights tie things up at the end of three periods of play. A big fourth quarter proved to be the difference. MOCO outscored their opponent 16-8 in the final eight minutes to win 52-44.
Tamia Benford gave the team one of her best offensive efforts with a season-high 26 points in the 54-44 loss to North Oconee. “We hurt ourselves in this game missing 20 free throws and eight layups. So, we left 36 points on the floor in a ten point loss,” Roop commented.
The busy 2020 schedule opens up on Jan. 3 with a home 8-AAA matchup vs. longtime rival Monroe Area. Game times begin with both JV teams at 4 p.m. and varsity games at 7 p.m. The following Friday the teams travel to Franklin County for a rematch. All teams will again hit the court with games slated for a 4 p.m. start.