Dominant Second Half Boost Loganville To 51-29 Win Over Maynard Jackson, Advances To GHSA 5A Elite 8
On Friday, the Loganville Red Devils and Maynard Jackson Jaguars girls basketball teams squared off in the second round of the Georgia High School Association Class 5A state championship tournament. The Jaguars would come out and control the first quarter, leading throughout the entire period and closing it out up 11-7. In the second quarter, the Red Devils would seem to settle and get their feet under them a bit as they would hold the Jaguars to just four points in the period while scoring 11 to lead 18-15 at the half.
As the third quarter got underway, the Red Devils would turn up the pressure defensively and would outscore the Jaguars 14-7 in the period to take a 32-22 lead into the fourth quarter where their defense would continue cause problems for the Jaguars offense. Loganville would out perform the Jaguars 19-7 in the final period of play to pick up the 51-29 win. The Red Devils's Sydney Bolden would have a team high 18 points, while her teammate Janae Charles would add 16 points.
Following the game, Loganville head coach, John Zorn said that his girls sticking to their "game plan better in the second half" was the difference maker for them in helping them settle in to pick up the win. "We got after it on defense and we needed to contest shots and box out. We didn't box out well in the first half, but I thought we got it done on the boards in the second half," Zorn said. When asked about what he feels his team needs to continue to work on to continue on the road to Macon, Zorn said playing their defense the entire game is key. "We have to lock it down on defense the whole game and keep playing our offense the way we played it tonight," Zorn added. Watch highlights and the post-game interview with Coach Zorn below now!