By R. Alan Richardson
It was a big win for Morgan County’s girls as they took care of business against Monroe Area last Friday 50-33. The Lady Dogs are now looking at an 8-AAA third place 4-2 record that puts them solidly in third place behind Jefferson (14-3, 5-0) and Hart County (8-7, 4-1). At present, MaxPreps has the Lady Dragons ranked number two in AAA with no other region teams ranked in the top 10. Morgan’s next closest competitors all have only one win. Morgan will face off with Franklin County and Hart in the next week in what should be a pivotal stretch for Coach Timothy Roop’s troops.
Tamia Benford and Shay Brown got things going against Monroe by scoring 11 of the team’s 15 first quarter points to give them a 15-6 lead. With the score tied at six-all at the 5:15 mark, Morgan’s defense shut down the Lady Canes for the remainder of the period, but center Neshay Cobb picked up two early fouls and had to sit for a majority of the half. She would reenter the game after halftime and make her presence known.
The MOCO defense continued to stymie Monroe in the second period and a balanced scoring attack pushed Morgan out to a 28-9 lead at the half. The game was pretty much decided by then. Cobb went to work in the paint in the third quarter using her size advantage to pick up eight of her 12 points in the period. The scored stood at 41-25 at that point. A number of subs entered the game in the final eight minutes to mop things up. The scoring looked like this. Cobb 12, Benford 12, Brown 10 (all in the first half), Taylor Wilson 4, Miracle Hunter 4, Kourtney Elder 2, and Taylor Frederick 2.
Roop made these comments, “Second half Neshay came out with eight quick points and had a great night. She used her size advantage and we took it over the top to her for a couple of easy layups they gave us. I thought she got a couple of cheap foul calls on some blocked shots. She’s blocking and getting a piece of a lot of balls if they let her play. Tamia and Shay also had a great night and Taylor too. Maybe not a great night in the scorebook for Taylor, but she controlled the whole game from her point guard position. She was huge for us. Big games are coming up with Franklin and Hart. We have played against some big Dogs, so we should be ready to go against them and down the final stretch of games in the region.”
Next up will be Franklin County on Jan. 10, followed by a Saturday non-region contest at Jones County on Jan. 11, and Hart County coming to town on Jan. 14. See our sports schedule in this issue for times of the JV and varsity games.