The Lee Generals are showing the ability that many in the state thought they would see. With the exception of dropping a game to a team that they had previously beaten twice (boredom?) the Generals are a perfect 16 and 0. On top of the 16 and 1 overall record the Generals have played a schedule that is a little stepped up from previous years. The icing on the cake was taking the Dwight Madison Championship with a victory over the Carver Wolverines, their first win over Carver since the Ronald Reagan era. Okay, a little exaggeration, but it has been awhile.
A side note to the championship is that one of Lee’s biggest fans and follower has never mentioned it but the tournament name “Dwight Madison Championship”, is named after his father. We are not only excited to win, but to also bring the trophy back to Mr. Madison’s sons home. We also missed seeing Coach Jackson on the Carver sideline and wish him a quick return.
Henry Ruggs III, Jon’Detric Butler, and Quinterrius Rivers led the Generals against Carver and throughout the tournament. Rivers and Butler were consistent and relentless and Ruggs III played tough and in his usual “Sky High” fashion. At one point in the third quarter Ruggs III threw down a complete posterizing thunder dunk that brought ALL the fans to their feet or in some instances to the floor. At that point it was game, set , and match.
The Generals have seen numerous players step up on needed nights. Garner, “little” Ruggs, Irving, etc. having contributed when needed. With Coach Johnson’s “32 minutes of hell” style and the athletes to pull it off, the continuation of the beginning success with be anticipated throughout the remaining part of the season.
On the other hand it appears that the Lady Generals may be turning the corner. After dropping game after game by single digits, a trip to Birmingham may have been what the doctor ordered. After winning three straight by thirty points the Lady Generals entered the fourth quarter of a game against number one Sparkman 42-41 but facing foul trouble suffered a fourth quarter dilemma and dropped the game 59-50. It is guaranteed that there will be a new team, new effort, and high expectations entering 2017.
Exciting things are happening on Ann Street and they should continue in 2017.