The North Hall boys basketball team’s motto all year has been simple: be relentless.
The Trojans lived it Saturday night holding Class AAA’s fifth-ranked Franklin County to two fourth quarter points en route to a 54-44 upset win Saturday night at Franklin County.
An 11-0 Franklin County run to end the third quarter had the Trojans down by nine points. North Hall coach Benjie Wood’s message to his team was to stay poised in the final period.
"We talked about not panicking," Wood said. "We had been so consumed with a couple of their players that we forgot our defensive principles.
"So in the fourth quarter we made the people we wanted to shoot for them do just that and then we boxed out and rebounded."
That defensive intensity combined with 21 fourth quarter points by the Trojans led to the upset win.
Chase Syfan, who finished as the second leading scorer for the Trojans with 10 points, hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to put his team up by one and then four — a lead they would not relinquish.
Senior Ethan Satterfield led nine North Hall scorers with a game-high 20 points.
"I can’t put into words what he provided in the fourth and, actually, the third quarter too," Wood said. "He decided he wasn’t ready for his high school career to be over.
"He and Chase (Syfan) were huge for us, they both hit numerous big shots."
Franklin County was led by Georgia signee DeMario Mayfield, who scored 14 points in his final high school game.
With the win, North Hall moves to the second round where it will face Cedartown.