Despite a turnover plagued weekend, the Morgan County High School girls basketball team managed to secure two non-conference wins last Friday and Saturday. The Lady Dogs defeated Greene County for the second time this season 48-39 on Saturday, Dec. 12 at Greene County.
The night before the Lady Dogs won a nail-biter against Monroe Area 41-40 at Monroe Area.
For the season, the Lady Dogs are 3-3 and are averaging 43.3 points per game.
Head Coach Timothy Roop said while the team works on knocking off some rust, he was happy with the grit and effort.
“Not having a true summer hurt us,” he said.
“We definitely did not play our best basketball. We caught the turnover bug for both of the games this weekend and had to scratch and claw to get a victory.”
Roop said sophomore Peyten Spain has been a bright spot for the Lady Dogs. Spain scored nine points Friday night against the Purple Hurricanes and added another 15 points against the Lady Tigers. “She has played big minutes and is a great defender,” Coach Roop said.
He also said freshman Precious Benford is beginning to catch her stride in the fast-paced varsity arena.
“Precious Benford is a player to keep an eye on. This is her freshman year so she is still working on getting comfortable in the varsity basketball setting but she also had nine points Friday and 12 points Saturday.” Bedford also contributed 18 rebounds in the Lady Dogs win over cross-county rival Greene County.
For the season junior guard Shay Brown is the leading scorer for the Lady Dogs, averaging 15 points per game. Brown rolled her ankle in the third quarter against Greene County and was removed from the game to rest. “I sat her out to make sure she would be health,” Coach Roop said.
The Lady Dogs have three games set for this week with a game scheduled against Social Circle after press time on Tuesday.
The Lady Dogs have until Jan. 5 to catch their stride when they travel to Thomson for their first region contest. With time, Coach Roop said, the team should begin to come together. “We are young and missing some key pieces,” Coach Roop said. “We are also struggling to finish at the rim which is making things difficult right now.”
“Once we hit January I look for this group to really make some noise.”