FORT VALLEY -- The Peach County Trojans rolled to a 63-41 victory over Jackson-Atlanta on Friday night in the first round of the GHSA Class AAA girls tournament.
The Trojans led 12-8 after the opening quarter and effectively ended the game in the second as they outscored Jackson 22-2 in the frame for a 24-point halftime lead. They went on to lead by as many as 32 in the fourth quarter before pulling their starters.
We did nothing, but just be aggressive and run, Peach County head coach Maxine Cherry said. Since we had a lead, we were going to try and sit back and let them come to us, but we just have to go on and play with this group.
Defense ignited Peach Countys offense by forcing 15 turnovers in the opening half as Jackson struggled to even advance the ball past halfcourt.
We looked at the film and knew their guards were kind of weak, so we wanted to put pressure on them to make good passes into the big girl, Cherry said. That was the main thing we wanted to do defensively.
Jackson focused its defense on Telegraph All-Middle Georgia Player of the Year candidate Nausia Woolfolk and was able to hold her below her average with 17 points, but Woolfolk still found a way to impact the game. She finished with nine rebounds, seven steals and six assists.
Post player Alexia Green led the Trojans with 20 points, including eight during Peach Countys huge second-quarter run. Point guard Jordan Davis finished with 12.
Cherry believes in the potential of her team.
I see state, but we need a little bit more growth, Cherry said. I think we can get there. We need to work on our free throws and guarding people who can shoot outside and inside.
The Trojans will face a tough path to reach that point as they now have to travel next week to face No. 1 ranked Washington County. The Golden Hawks advanced with a 63-47 win over Pierce County to remain unbeaten at 25-0.
I dont know much of anything about (Washington County), but all I know is that they run, Cherry said. I have to go do some homework.