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Lady Eagles hope to learn from last year's mistake

February 22, 2005

Dawson - The Terrell Academy girls basketball team cannot forget the 2004 season when the unbeaten Lady Eagles dream of a state championship came to a crashing halt in the second round of last year's GISA state tournament.

That loss to Citizens Christain  ate at the Lady Eagles so much that head coach Keith Jones, who led the Lady Eagles to a state softball title last fall, says that heading into the state softball finals back in October all his players wanted to know when did basketball season started.

Now, the Terrell Academy girls have a chance to a win a second state title this school year since all but one member of the basketball team also played on the state championship softball squad.

The Lady Eagles are once again unbeaten heading into Thursday's Class-A semifinal in Milledgeville against John Hancock.

There is a big difference in this year's Terrell Academy team and the one from last year.

 And that difference is this this year's team is not overlooking any opponent.

Senior Sam Barfield said "We haven't overlooked anybody and I think it has because it makes more determined to win state this year."

Senior Kate Stewart said "That is something we pushed toward this year. Not overlooking anybody. Taking every game one game at a time."

Terrell Academy plays at 1:00 p.m. Thursday at Milledgeville.

If the Lady Eagles win their semifinal, they could get a rematch with Citizens Christian in Saturday's Class-A championship game.

Citizens Christian will play Nathanael Greene in the other Class-A semifinal on Thursday.

posted by roberth@walb.com