February 23, 2005
Albany - The Deerfield-Windsor girls basketball team is back in the GISA final four for a fourth straight year.
Only this year, the defending state champion Lady Knights will be the underdog in Milledgeville.
The fact that the Lady Knights are headed back to another final four is pretty amazing.
Not only did head coach Larry Collins lose two seniors from last year's undefeated state champion team.
He also lost junior Mallorie Davis to a knee injury before the start of this season and senior Michelle Young has been playing all of this season with an injured knee.
The Lady Knights though have battled through those injuries and hope their vast postseason experience will lead them to a third state title in the last five years.
Senior Callie Hughey said "We just always find a way to win and we have a lot of heart. Just using everything we have and our younger girls stepping has pretty much been our key."
Senior Mary Hotz said "We won't settle for anything less than success. We have just had great coaching. We have really come together as a team this year and we are starting to play as a team and I think that makes us hard to beat."
The Lady Knights face a big challenge in the AAA semifinals against an unbeaten Stratford team Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. at Georgia College.
The Eaglettes won both regular season meetings against Deerfield-Windsor.
The winner of that semifinal will play the winner of the George Walton/Central Fellowship winner for the state championship on Saturday night.
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