SANDERSVILLE -- The Peach County girls didnt get off to a great start Monday on the road against undefeated Washington County in the second round of the GHSA Class AAA tournament.
The situation never improved for the Trojans.
Washington County overwhelmed Peach County will a smothering pressure defense and advanced to the quarterfinals with an 81-44 win.
We just came out with intensity and wanted to win, said senior Shon Kitchens, a Mercer signee. We were ready to win.
Daknequa White scored 25 points to lead the Golden Hawks, while Kitchens added 21. Peach County sophomore Nausia Woolfolk scored 16 playing in front of Florida assistant coach Murriel Page. Alexia Green added 14 points for the Trojans.
The Golden Hawks (26-0) overwhelmed Peach County from the start, sprinting to a 21-3 lead by forcing turnovers and attacking the basket. Kitchens used her athleticism to get to the basket often in the first quarter, putting up 10 of the Golden Hawks 25 first-quarter points.
Washington County continued the assault in the second quarter, ripping off a 16-4 run after Peach County pulled to within 12 points early in the quarter.
Woolfolk never ventured very far without one or two defenders blanketing her, and the Golden Hawks sent heavy pressure at her every time she touched the ball.
Shes such a good player; we wanted to get after her and frustrate her or get her tired, Kitchens said.
Peach County (20-7) never got closer than 21 in the second half, but the Trojans did appear they would avoid the GHSA mercy rule, which cuts the fourth quarter from eight minutes to six when a team trails by 30 or more. But Washington County rolled off 11 consecutive points in the final two minutes of the third quarter and took a 32-point lead into the fourth quarter on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by White.
Wasington County won by double digits for the 16th straight game and appear to be one of the favorites in Class AAA.
Golden Hawks head coach Sug Parker said he reminds his team not to look too far forward. The Golden Hawks were upset by Southwest in the playoffs last season, a moment Parker reminds his team of often.
I dont care if youre 0-10 or 20-0, said Parker, who led the Golden Hawks to a state championship in 2011. We are preparing for every team the same way and treating every team the same.