FORT VALLEY -- Peach County overwhelmed the Savannah Blue Jackets in the opening round of the GHSA Class AAA tournament Tuesday, pulling away for a 65-31 victory.
The Trojans chose to play conservative in the first quarter, and the slow-tempo played to Savannah’s advantage. The Blue Jackets blanketed Nausia Woolfolk with a box-and-one defense and were able to hold her to just five points as Peach County finished the quarter up by only a pair.
When the Trojans came out after the whistle in a 2-2-1 press, Savannah couldn’t keep up with the quickened pace. Peach County forced 12 turnovers in the second quarter and extended its lead to 10.
The Trojans carried the momentum out of the halftime break and went on a 17-0 run to start the third quarter and essentially put the game out of reach. The Trojans forced 14 more turnovers in the quarter.
“We looked at them and kind of figured the press was going to hurt them,” Peach County head coach Maxine Cherry said. “We kind of sat back in the first quarter to see what (the game) looked like. The press worked real well for us.”
Woolfolk finished with a game-high 28 points. Nine Trojans scored as Cherry emptied the bench in the fourth quarter.
“We got a chance to play everybody and have them get a little action in,” Cherry said.
Peach County will once again play at home Friday when it hosts the winner of Oconee County and East Hall. That game was postponed until Wednesday due to inclement weather.
The Trojans are riding a wave of momentum after defeating defending state champion Kendrick in the Region 2-AAA championship game last the weekend to earn a No. 1 seed.
“We’ve got a lot of confidence,” Cherry said. “(Beating Kendrick) really boosted us up a whole lot, and I thank God for that. That was the No. 1 team last year that won state, and we beat them, so who else is better than them that we can’t beat? That’s a good way to think about it, and I hope we keep that momentum going.”