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Morgan Academy basketball headed to Elite Eight

Morgan Academy faces a pair of number one seeds in the AISA Elite Eight Boys and Girls’ Basketball Tournament at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex.

The Lady Senators face Pike Liberal Arts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, followed by the Senators facing Macon East at 7:30 p.m.

First-year Senators coach Luke Hutcheson expects a tough challenge in Macon-East.

“It’s a great feeling making it to the elite eight, playing against the best teams in the state with an amazing atmosphere,” Hutcheson said. “Most of our team has been here before, and know what it takes to win in the playoffs.”

The Senators (16-7) are led by Jeremy Lee, a South Alabama baseball signee.

George Turner, Chris Gardner, Milam Turner and Ethan Cargill, Richard Alan Waters and Rhyne Williams are all solid contributors for the Senators.

“We have a great group of guys, who have continued to grow as a team and as young men, and I know my guys can not wait to get to Montgomery Wednesday to leave everything out on the court,” Hutcheson said.

Lady Senators: Morgan Academy coach Lebo Jones is pleased with the Lady Senators (7-13) overcoming a slow start and reaching the postseason. They have won four straight.

“We didn’t play well early in the season but we have turned things around and are playing our best basketball right now,” Jones said. “I’m proud of the girls and the hard work they have put in.”

Morgan Academy has six seniors: Kalee Jones, Caroline Thomas, Kenley Kauffman, Averee Adams, Mary Ashlyn Pearce and Abbie Bohannon. Underclassman Bailey Brown is one of the team’s top contributors.

“It was our short term goal to make it to the Elite Eight,” Jones said. Now that we’re here we have set another goal to win it all.”