North Cobb is last team standing
by Adam Carrington
February 26, 2013 01:03 AM | 3131 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
12-4-12 North Cobb Girls Basketball 01.Alexis Luster of North Cobb High drives the lane during Tuesday's game against Hillgrove. Staff/Todd Hull
12-4-12 North Cobb Girls Basketball 01.Alexis Luster of North Cobb High drives the lane during Tuesday's game against Hillgrove. Staff/Todd Hull
North Cobb has been one of four Cobb County teams in its own region that made the state quarterfinals the last two years only to come up short.

This year, the Lady Warriors are all alone as the last remaining Cobb team standing ain the Class AAAAAA bracket and they wouldn’t mind being the only team standing when the state tournament ends.

But could this be the year they make it through the state quarterfinal obstacle?

“Let’s hope so,” North Cobb coach Matt Williams said. “It’s hard to say.”

At least they don’t have to worry about facing one of their west Cobb region rivals again. Campbell, who beat North Cobb in the quarterfinals two years ago, fell to Tift County in the first round. Hillgrove, who fell to Colquitt County in the playoff opener, bested North Cobb in the quarterfinal last year.

And they don’t have to worry about defending state champion McEachern, which made the Lady Warriors earn their 43-42 victory in the finals of the Region 4AAAAAA tournament Feb. 16.

But North Cobb does have to worry about Tift County (21-6). Not only are the Lady Bulldogs three hours south down Interstate 75, but they’re having no problems packing their gym during the postseason.

“It will be a tough environment to play in,” Williams said. “Last time, their gym was filled to capacity and 400 people couldn’t get in. And it was a big gym.”

North Cobb (27-3) has been getting it done in the playoffs with just nine players on the roster — only eight dressed Saturday against Rockdale County — and it’s been the most effective on defense.

The Lady Warriors won both of their postseason games by 27 points or more, holding Coffee County to 40 points in the first round and Rockdale to 37. But Williams said Tift County is going to be a tougher team to defend, and the Lady Warriors will have to find a way to rattle Tift County’s guards, the strength of its team.

North Cobb may have just nine players but the Lady Warriors have been fortunate that all nine are 100 percent. They’ve been injury free ever since Amber Reeves has missed a little time earlier this season.

And if they can stay out of foul trouble — half of their team had three or more fouls against Rockdale — they better shape they will be.

Also, North Cobb seems to have different ones seem to step up every week. After Reeves was clutch during the 4AAAAAA tournament, Kyrie’ Chandler stepped up in the first two games of the playoffs, finishing with 17 points against Rockdale and had 22 points against Coffee behind three 3-pointers.

Both players will be key against Tift County along with Briah Woods and Sierra Barrino.

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