AMERICUS — The two-time reigning GISA Region 3-AAA champs successfully defended their title Friday night, as senior Dallas Forsyth drained a 3-pointer in the waning moments to lift the Warriors to a 48-46 victory over Southland Academy at Georgia Southwestern State and University, capturing the program's third straight region title.
“This one was a lot of fun, very different mentality coming into it, definitely as the underdog and knew we had to play an A-plus game against such a great team with great players and a great coach,” Brookwood boys coach Drew Giudice said. “This one was a lot of fun.”
The Brookwood girls lost to Southland, the No. 1 team in the state, 44-34 in their region championship game. Both teams will now advance to the state tournament, which starts next week. The GISA will unveil the 16-team bracket Sunday at 3 p.m.
Giudice is confident that with the win his team should open the playoffs at home on Wednesday.
“I can not imagine how we do not get a home playoff game on Wednesday,” he said. “With how we're playing right now, how hot we are, really coming together. I think we've won seven of our last 10, really playing well together as a team right now.”
Brookwood's boys led 32-15 at halftime and held off the Raiders in the second half. With the win, the Warriors improved to 10-13. They won the region tournament as the No. 3 seed.
The Lady Warriors had a sluggish start against the Lady Raiders' vaunted defense. Southland led 23-13 at halftime and were up 30-15 in the fourth quarter. Brookwood cut it to six but never could close the gap against a Lady Raiders squad that won its ninth straight game.
“We jumped out 6-0 to open the game, hit back-to-back 3s. We had a few things we hadn't showed them yet. We capitalized on that early,” Brookwood girls coach Todd Webb said. “Turnovers were kind of the story in the first half. We had 10 turnovers in the first half. The second half we only had three. We did a great job of taking care of the ball in the second half and getting better shots.
“We just kind of got flustered there in the second quarter and part of the third.”
Brookwood's girls dropped to 10-15 with the loss.