It's an old sports cliché' that big-time players play big in big games, but during the opening round of the Region 7-AAA girls basketball tournament Thursday, two of the area's best proved that to be true.
Patience, discipline and a lack of memory; those are three things that Lumpkin County coach Bobby Smith instilled in his team prior to the opening round of the Region 7-AAA boys basketball tournament Wednesday at East Hall.
When the brackets for the Region 7-AAA basketball tournament were released Tuesday, East Hall girls coach Joey Rider noticed right away that there wasn't going to be an easy road for his team, or any other program for that matter. The Lady Vikings (19-5) enter as a No. 1 seed and could be faced with a playoff-qualifier game against the Lanierland champion and No. 4 seed North Hall (15-9), should the Lady Trojans knock off fifth-seed Lambert in Thursday's first round at Creekview.