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Drew hoping to maintain hot start

Photo by Derrick Mahone  
Henry County coach Vincent Rosser says his team is starting to jell heading into the second part of the season, which starts tonight at Jackson.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Henry County coach Vincent Rosser says his team is starting to jell heading into the second part of the season, which starts tonight at Jackson.

When Drew coach Jarrod Davis made out this season’s schedule, he purposely did not schedule a tournament over the Christmas break.

Davis wanted to give his team some time for practice and some relaxation away from the basketball court.

When the No. 9 Titans play at Henry County on Saturday, it will be their first game in 21 days.

Davis doesn’t really know what to expect from the long hiatus.

“I’m hoping it is a positive,” he said. “We don’t think their legs will be worn out. It is almost like we are starting a new season. I’m sure they are ready to see someone else. We wanted to give them some time off from basketball, and hopefully they have missed it and are ready to go.”

The coach is also hopeful that the long break hasn’t cooled his team off. Drew enters Saturday’s game at 11-2 overall and 4-1 in the region. Its only losses have come to Providence of Florida and second-ranked Eagle’s Landing.

“We are hoping that we have stayed on fire,” Davis said.

JELLING TOGETHER: Henry County will play its first game since losing to undefeated Douglas County in the Chuck Miller Holiday Classic on Dec. 20.

Warhawks coach Vincent Rosser says his team is much-improved since the 89-64 loss to Douglas County, which is ranked No. 6 in Class AAAA.

“We have really started to jell as a team,” Rosser said. “We basically had only two players back that had any significant playing time last season. Our guys are starting to find our chemistry and contribute to the team.”

The Warhawks travel to Jackson tonight for a Region 4-AAA contest. Henry County is 8-6 overall and 3-2 in the region. Both region losses have been by a total of two points to Eagle’s Landing and Stockbridge.

In the Eagle’s Landing game, the Warhawks had a turnover with six seconds remaining. Against Stockbridge, the Warhawks were called for a foul on a halfcourt heave that give a Stockbridge player three foul shots with one second remaining in a tie game.

The Stockbridge player missed the first two before making the final foul attempt for the win.

“It definitely has been frustrating losing like that,” Rosser said.

HOT START: At 10-6, Ola is off to its best start in school history.

The Mustangs are one win away from tying their single-season record for most wins. Ola’s next game is Saturday at Northgate.

Mustangs coach Curt Miller has been a little surprised at the good start with only two starters returning.

“I’m somewhat (surprised), and I’m not on one hand,” Miller said. “We had a real good summer by going 12-4 in tournament games. However, summer ball doesn’t always translate into the regular season. We have a lot of new faces on this team.”

The team took a big step in Tuesday’s win over Griffin when several players hit key free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

“I literally saw this team grow up in that game,” Miller said. “We were getting banged around pretty good, and they finally said they had enough. It was amazing to see the way they responded.”

TONIGHT’S GAMES

All girls games start at 7 p.m.

with boys games to follow

East Coweta at Luella

North Clayton at Jonesboro

Mundy’s Mill at Forest Park

Mount Zion at Creekside

Lovejoy at Banneker

Woodland at Griffin

Dutchtown at Alcovy

Jones County at Union Grove

Sandy Creek at Stockbridge

Eagle’s Landing at Locust Grove

Henry County at Jackson

ELCA at Strong Rock