The North Hall girls’ state quarterfinal win Wednesday against Brantley County was defined by ‘effort and grit,’ according to its coach Bob Woodworth.
The Lady Trojans swept the three singles match — though all close, according to Woodworth — for the 3-1 win, locking up its first state semifinal berth in school history.
“It feels amazing to be moving on to the state semifinals,” said Woodworth, after securing the win in Macon. The match was moved up and to an agreed upon neutral location due to weather concerns for the remainder of the week. The win was just one day after topping Cook in the second round in Gainesville.
Up next, North Hall will face the Bremen/Westminster winner by May 2, a date set for match completion by the Georgia High School Association.
At No. 1 singles, North Hall’s Anna Montgomery saved three match points and pulled out a 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 victory. Also for the Lady Trojans, Lauren Davis won 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, while Christen Barnes picked up a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles.
North Hall has made school history without a senior in the lineup. The Lady Trojans play two juniors and two sophomores.
“When the season started we had the girls write down their goals and we had some say ‘make the semifinals,’” Woodworth said. “This team is so young, and I’m very proud of them.”