After watching two of their region mates struggle to get things going offensively in the Final Four environment, the Tattnall Square Trojans found no such difficulty.
Tattnall (24-5) led by double digits in the first quarter of its GISA Class AAA semifinals matchup with Bulloch Academy on Thursday at Mercer’s Hawkins Arena. Bulloch never got close enough to pose much of a threat, and the Trojans rolled to a 50-33 win. Ivey Slaughter scored 14 in the first half, and the Florida State signee scored 20 in the game.
“We talked about the atmosphere, because it’s unlike anything we played this year,” Tattnall head coach Todd Whetsel said. “But talking about it is one thing. Going out and playing in it is another. I thought we responded well.”
Slaughter is the headliner for the Trojans, but Whetsel got some key minutes from his bench. Kendall Hardy scored six off the bench, and Haley Gordon added five.
“With what was at stake, I thought we played really well,” Whetsel said. “We say it’s just another game, but this wasn’t another game.”
Tattnall will play rival Mount de Sales in the GISA Class AAA title game Saturday at Mercer. The teams split two regular-season meetings, with both teams winning a game by nine points.
“It should a tough, physical game (Saturday),” Slaughter said. “There probably won’t be many fouls called. It will just be very, very physical.”