The North Hall girls basketball team hasn’t changed anything about its routine in the weeks leading up to the Class 3A semifinal against Morgan County Tuesday evening on Lynn Cottrell Court.
Practice and preparation have been par for the course for the Lady Trojans squad that increased its win streak to six consecutive games with a victory over Savannah last week.
“They’re pretty superstitious and regimented, so I just kind of let them take the lead on what we’re eating, what we’re doing,” North Hall coach Kristi House said. “If we haven’t been doing it, we’re not going to start doing it now.”
The one major difference?
Tuesday will be the last time North Hall’s group of four seniors will ever play at home.
The Lady Trojans’ upperclassmen have been a guiding force in a season that has brought more success to the program than any in recent memory. North Hall has already won Lanierland and Region 7-3A titles this year, with a state championship the last goal left on a checklist of accomplishments the team has nearly completed.
“This senior class, they’re just used to this kind of stuff,” House said. “It almost feels like we’ve been here before, even though we’ve not been in the Elite 8 the past few years. We just have this feeling that we’re supposed to be there. We’ve done our job getting better and better as the season has gone on, and we’re pretty much right where we want to be.”
North Hall’s next opponent — Morgan County — is coming off a high last week of upsetting No. 1 seed Tatnall to reach the quarterfinals as an unlikely underdog.
Morgan County has depended on strong guard play to make it to this point, and House said dealing with the Lady Bulldogs’ high energy backcourt is the key to shutting down the upstart squad looking for its second straight unexpected win.
“On the defensive end, we’re just going to try to limit their guards getting in the paint, try to keep the ball out of the paint,” House said. “Offensively, we’re just going to take care of the basketball and try to handle pressure.”
Still, North Hall’s typical process of focusing on internal improvement rather than what the opponent’s game plan may be has remained constant, just as it has in each of the first 30 games this season.
Everything seems to be falling into place for the Lady Trojans this postseason, and the next step comes with the official last home game of the season for the team.
“We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing,” House said. “Take good shots, share the ball, and hopefully the outcome will take care of itself.”