Lady Lions take region title; Bulldogs finish second in 2OT

It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t easy, but the Franklin County Lady Lions basketball team did bring home the 8AAA championship trophy on Saturday night after defeating the Morgan County Lady Bulldogs 63-54 at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs.

Although the Lady Dogs of Morgan never actually led in the game, they did threaten to take the lead on a couple of occasions pulling to within one point of the lead at least twice. They drew within two points of the lead a few times as well.

The Lady Lions seemed to be plagued by three problems in the game.

Franklin County made quite a few turnovers, some of them unforced. Second, freethrow shooting was not up to par for the Lady Lions, and third, referees called well over 20 fouls against the two teams in the first half, crippling both team’s ability to play aggressive defense.

The game started like it would be a typical Franklin County blowout as the first quarter ended with Franklin County up 15-5, giving up just one basket from the field to Morgan County and three points coming the hard way- one at a time.

Franklin County shot just 45 percent from the stripe at a team.

There was a scare for a few minutes when Franklin County’s Region Player of the Year, Mya Jones was helped off the court late in the second half. She did return to the game a few minutes later to finish.

Scoring for Franklin County were Mya Jones (17), Asia Jones (17), Bailee Breedlove (10), Manazia Merritt (9), Maddie Moorehead (6), Rose Boyd (2) and Kaylen Jinks (2).

Franklin County will now host Dawson County, the No. 4 seed out of 7AAA either Friday or Saturday in the first round of the state tournament. WLHR will update this information once it is made available.

The Hart County Bulldogs took on Morgan County in the 8AAA championship game and Hart County did not come away the winner, but they did not let the No. 1 team in AAA intimidate them at all, taking the game into double-overtime before losing 71-68.

Morgan County led by three points after one period but Hart County tied it up by halftime with the score knotted at 28-28.

The two teams would finish tied for the third quarter, fourth quarter and first overtime period before Morgan County got the edge in the second overtime period.

Morgan County went into the game ranked atop the Georgia AAA standings with a record of 26-1. Hart County’s record stands at 15-12 and is ranked 11 in AAA.

Hart County will host East Hall Friday or Saturday in the first round of the state tournament.