Thomasville Times Enterprise

January 10, 2013

Ready for region

Central to host Northside-Columbus today

Clint Thompson

THOMASVILLE — A thrilling victory over Cairo Tuesday night has Thomas County Central sitting at 6-6.

The Yellow Jackets can move a game above .500 with a win tonight in their Region 1-AAAAA opener against Northside-Columbus.

It’s the first of back-to-back region home games for the Yellow Jackets, who also host Hardaway on Jan. 18. It’s a tough assignment for Central with Northside-Columbus starting the season 11-2 and Hardaway soaring to a 10-6 start. Central interim coach Chad Ward believes his team’s strong non-region schedule should be beneficial against the tough region opponents.

“Most of these teams we haven’t played before, but I think we have a pretty good shot at competing in this region,” Ward said. “Especially playing teams like Lowndes and Valdosta and some rivalry games, that should help us overcome some of the adversity that we may face going into the region play.”

Central enters tonight’s showdown coming off a 47-46 win over the Syrupmakers. That followed a narrow 41-39 overtime loss to Thomasville last Friday. Ward believes his team is coming together at just the right time.

“We’ve had good practices after an emotional win (Tuesday) night against Cairo. The guys are really filling their roles now. They’re understanding what we’re asking them to do,” Ward said.

“We have a good understanding of where we need to be on offense and defense, and what the other team is doing whenever we get out on the court.”

For full details, see Friday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.