February 26, 2008
Albany -- The Terrell Academy and Randolph-Southern girls basketball teams will both play in the GISA Final Four on Friday.
The Lady Eagles are back in Milledgeville for the fourth year in a row, while the Lady Patriots return for the first time in fourteen years, but their preparation for the big stage has been very similar.
With the Final Four being played at Georgia College and State University, Terrell Academy prepared by holding practice at Darton College, and Randolph-Southern took the floor at Andrew College.
Lady Patriots head coach Bob Grant says, "Andrew has been real sweet to us, and let us come here. This court is 100 feet long, and that's really helped us."
"We needed to get on a college floor," says Terrell Academy head coach Keith Jones. "We found out the other day we had a tough time getting our offense started, because we weren't patient enough, because the floor is a little bit longer, and a little bit wider."
The Lady Eagles are playing in Milledgeville for the fourth year in a row, and are taking on the same LaGrange team that beat them in the title game last season.
Jones says, "You got to have a good team, and you got to have a little bit of luck. I know last year we took the lead with about a minute to go, and the kid hit a three-pointer from about 22-feet. That kind of sealed the deal there."
Terrell Academy is still looking for its first state championship, after playing for the title two of the past three seasons.
Randolph-Southern is back in the final four for the first time since 1994, and will face Christian Heritage.
The Lady Patriots needed to rewrite their preseason goals after advancing this far, but head coach Bob Grant is no stranger to the big game.
"Randolph-Southern has won a lot of state championships," says Grant. "I was involved with one of them in 1988. Then I retired, came back, and now I hope to be involved with another in 2008."
Randolph-Southern starts four seniors, including Darton signee Samantha Worthy.
Terrell Academy takes on LaGrange Friday at 1pm, and Randolph-Southern faces Christian Heritage at 4pm.