THOMASVILLE — The defending GISA Class AAA girls basketball champions will begin their path to a repeat title at home on Tuesday.
The Brookwood Lady Warriors, who lost in the Region 3 championship game against Southland Academy on Friday, will open against Trinity Christian. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m.
The GISA released the postseason brackets on Sunday. Brookwood is the No. 8 seed, while Trinity Christian are the No. 9 seed. The winner will play the winner of Holy Spirit Prep (No. 1) and Young Americans (No. 16) on Friday at John Milledge Academy at 7 p.m.
“I really like our first-round matchup,” Brookwood girls coach Todd Webb said. “We played Holy Spirit in the second round last year. They were one of the favorites heading into the year, kind of like they were this year, too.
“If you're going to play them, you've got to beat everybody to win it. Why not the second round?”
Trinity Christian is 15-8 and has won four straight heading into the state tournament.
“They were not the matchup I was anticipating. When I spoke to their coach, she really wasn't anticipating playing us,” Webb said. “We're both using (Sunday) to try to figure some things out.”
The Lady Warriors are 10-15 following their 44-34 loss on Friday. Brookwood gave Southland, the state tournament's No. 2 seed, its most competitive game since the Lady Raiders lost on Jan. 9 to Glenwood (Phenix City, Ala.). Brookwood had cut a 15-point deficit to six before succumbing down the stretch.
However, Brookwood's championship run last year, combined with a tough schedule this year, should have the Lady Warriors mentally and physically prepared for this year's tournament run.
“According to MaxPreps it should be (a close matchup),” Webb said. “I don't think we got quite enough credit for our strength of schedule. I feel like we should be seeded higher than what we are. The way the power rankings works, it puts a lot more emphasis on wins and losses than it does strength of schedule. We're the only school in the GISA that's been playing 5, 6 and 7-A schools in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.
“We scheduled so tough to make sure that we're prepared. The state tournament games shouldn't be anything more than what we've seen before.”