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A special group

January 25, 2019 - 11:55
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LON sports editor Justin Hubbard discusses Morgan County basketball's seniors

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If you come out to Morgan County High School this Friday, you will get to celebrate a special group of MCHS students.

The school’s basketball teams are hosting their senior night festivities. The seniors will be honored between the girls’ game against Jackson County and the boys game.

Both of these teams will play at home again as early as Saturday when they host Hart County. That game had to be rescheduled after senior night was already planned for Friday.

I’d say there is a really good chance we will see the Lady Dogs and Bulldogs host a state playoff game or two at home, too, after the Region 8-AAA tournament. So, it’s not like Friday is your last chance to watch these seniors.

But it wouldn’t hurt to be there while they get recognized. They have more than earned the respect and admiration of the Morgan faithful, after all.

Lou Reid, Miranda Powell and Victoria Chapman are the girls team’s senior representatives.

Reid is the last remaining player who was part of the program’s state championship team a few years ago. Over the three seasons I’ve watched her play, Reid has been Morgan’s rock. She’s the “floor general,” as head coach Joshua Reeves often calls her. Even though there are a few consistent scorers on the team, the Lady Dogs typically go as far as Reid takes them.

Powell, who transferred to Morgan ahead of last season, took a major step between last year and this year. Nowadays, she’s a dominant scorer and defender. Just this past Saturday at Newton, we saw Powell step up and provide a lot of points, which helps thin out the defense and make them pay attention to a few different players.

Chapman’s had a tough career. As I detailed in a preview story I wrote before this season began, Chapman dealt with a medical issue that took her away from the court during her first couple of years. After spending last season on the JV squad, Chapman now serves as a backup on the varsity roster, where she’s effectively come in and helped Morgan clamp down on its opponents.

Those three girls have done a great job representing the Lady Dogs and making them a dominant force. One of them helped bring home a state title. If all goes well, there’s a good chance they could all leave the program with a ring this year.

The same goes for the boys team, which will recognize Alec Woodard, Stevin Greene, Tyrin Lawrence, K.J. Wyatt and Nolan Causwell.

I hate it Wyatt did not get to play this year. He suffered an unfortunate Achilles’ injury during football season, forcing him out of action. He played well last year, though, when he took on a greater role. There’s no doubt he would have had a great senior season.

Causwell pretty instantly burst onto the scene this year as the Bulldogs’ center. My concern for this team coming into the season was centered around the questions it had at that position. Anthony Cooper and Quin Williams, the Bulldogs’ primary big men from last year, graduated. Causwell transferred in and made his mark at the position. He’s done a great job helping the Bulldogs.

Then, there’s the group I call the big three: Woodard, Greene and Lawrence.

Most of those guys did not play a lot of minutes when I first got to Lake Oconee News. That’s because they had to wait their turn behind another great senior class that year.

But over the past two seasons, all of them have carved out a place in Morgan County history. Woodard’s future is already set, as he recently signed a scholarship to Austin Peay State University, and I have no doubt Lawrence and Greene will land at college programs.

Those three and their teammates dealt with disappointing season-ending losses the last two years. Neither of those seasons ended the way they or any of their supporters wanted.

I witnessed all of them play great in those games and come painfully close to accomplishing their goal of winning a state title. They did not break through, but give those guys credit for being the team’s foundation and keeping this program near the championship level.

Both of these teams could be on the cusp of a state title run. If they’re going to get there, and I hope they will, they will do so on the backs of their talented seniors.

Friday may not be their last go-round inside Morgan’s gym, but they deserve a packed house to celebrate their hard work.