THOMASVILLE — Last year's GISA Class AAA girls basketball champions couldn't get out of the first round this year.
The Brookwood Lady Warriors dropped their state playoff opener on Tuesday, falling to Trinity Christian 59-43. Brookwood's season ends at 10-16.
“It was a combination of a lot of things. It was probably our worst game of the year, and it came at the worst time,” Brookwood coach Todd Webb said. “We just did not play well, didn't rebound well, wasn't our best shooting game. Trinity played the best game I've seen them play. It was just kind of the perfect storm. It happens like that sometimes.”
The Lady Warriors failed to duplicate last year's success when they won all four tournament games.
“I'm still proud of them regardless of the outcome. We worked hard this year,” Webb said. “I hate it for our seniors, because they poured so much into this program.”
Brookwood will graduate three seniors this year, including Ann Murray Jackson, Jordan Burns and Erin Lewis, who was awarded a game ball for scoring her 1,000th career point in the team's regular season finale.
“(Erin) is one of the best shooters I've ever coached,” Webb added. “Obviously, we're going to miss that. She just had a fight, a tenacity about her that's going to be tough to replace. She played with so much confidence and got better as a defender.
“Jordan Burns, just an incredible leader; kind of the Swiss-army knife for us, do a little bit of everything. She was tied for the lead on the team in assists per game; one of our better rebounders and one of our better defenders.
“Ann Murray Jackson was just a warrior all year. She missed all of last year with a back injury, comes back and leads our team in rebounds.”
Jackson suffered an ankle injury in the first half Tuesday night. The Lady Warriors missed her presence on the boards
Brookwood should be back in the thick of the state playoff race next year. It will return five seniors next season, including Eliza Eiford, Rayne Deese, Jadyn Hester, Ella Grace Squires and Abby Jones.
Trinity Christian moves on to the second round where it play the winner of Holy Spirit Prep and Young Americans on Friday at 7 p.m. at John Milledge Academy.