The boys won 47-44 in their consolation game against Cook County in dramatic fashion after bowing to No. 1 Pelham, 58-41 in Thursday’s 1-AA semifinal. They finished No. 3 in in the region with a 14-13 record.
“Playing for third place isn’t as important as playing for first place. I think that’s the mindset we had.”
Though his defense held its opponent to under 42 points for the 13th time this season, Wade wasn’t keen to find a silver lining. He said he won’t reflect much from Friday’s contest as he begins gameplan prepartion for the state tournament, which begins late next week.
“I think we’ll have a good week of practice. The girls have to buy into the gameplan I put together.”
“We can’t be afraid of the moment,” Wade said. “Whatever gym we go to, it’s going to be tough. But that doesn’t mean we can’t win. And they have to believe that.”
Tillman’s bunch, on the other hand, rode home Friday with a persevering attitude.
Thomasville led by 10 at the half but let the Hornets creep their way back in the third quarter.
“He’s really come alive and been the heart and soul of this team the last couple of weeks,” Tillman said. “He might not be scoring a whole lot of points, but he’s doing the dirty work getting rebounds and steals.”
The Bulldogs won’t know who they play until next week, as much of the northern schools have endured delayed games due to the Atlanta icestorms.
The boys, as the No. 3 seed, will play the No. 2 once that tournament is setlled; likely on Monday. The No. 4 girls will play the top seed, which will likely be Laney.
“That helps,” Wade said. “That will give Zmobria Morrow more time to get [her] ankle straight and get back into the flow of things mentally. It’ll also give me time to put together a gameplan, because we’re going to be playing the best teams from the other region.”
“Like I told the kids in the locker room, this group is built with a special spirit. It’s a constant battle to try and persevere sometimes, but you’re going to have those situations in your life.”