The junior varsity Laney Wildcats pleased the capacity crowd with a game closing 10-4 run during the final 3 minutes as the home team claimed a 59-55 victory over Morgan County Friday. Djuan Griffin led all scorers with 22 points.
|Laney's Benjamin avoids a diving Alexis Brown Friday.|
Immediately following the JV game, Morgan County's Lady Bulldogs used relentless pressure and nifty teamwork to upend the defending state champion Laney Laney Wildcats 78-69 in front of a stunned home crowd. Alexis Brown and Tayhana Davis led the Lady Bulldogs with 22 points each.
Morgan County started fast when Brown scored 7 points in an early burst that gave her team a 13-7 first quarter lead that mushroomed into a 41-28 halftime advantage. Brown scored 13 of her 22 points in the opening half.
Laney charged back into contention with two separate third quarter spurts that cut the deficit to 43-37 after Desha Benjamin's three point play with 6:37 remaining in the period. The Lady Wildcats would again cut the lead to 6 at 53-47. But Morgan County had an answer for every Wildcat run. Davis scored 17 second half points, and Laney came up short for the first time in over 11 months.
Laney's record stands at 4-1. Desha Benjamin led the way with 23 points in the loss.