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Posted: February 22, 2007 11:48 p.m.
Updated: March 9, 2007 5:00 a.m.
    The Jenkins County Lady Eagles will go on the road to take on the Lady Vikings of Treutlen County in the first round of the state playoffs tonight, and JCHS coach Randy Cooper and his girls want to take a no-nonsense approach.
    With a record of 11-10, the No. 3 seed Lady Eagles look to cut down on mistakes in order to advance. Their first opponent — the No. 2 seed out of region 2-A — will pose an early challenge for Jenkins County.
    “They have a girl who is about 6’1”, a pretty good guard,” said Cooper. “I think they are pretty young, but they are pretty talented from what I have seen on tape.”
    Shoring up the defense and cutting down on mistakes are two of the key aspects of the Lady Eagles’ game that Cooper has been working on during practice in an attempt to keep his girls focused on the game and away from the fact that it is on the road.
    “It is (Treutlen County’s) home floor in the first round of the tournament,” said the coach. “We’re not trying to emphasize that we are on the road. We are going into it trying to do our best…(We have been) working on turnovers, bad shot selection and lack of concentration on defense.”
    The no-nonsense approach for JCHS includes staying focused on what has worked so far this season for the Lady Eagles.
    “I don’t believe in changing things that have been working for us,” said Cooper. “I just want to try and intensify our defense in practice and hopefully it will carry over into the games. As a whole unit, we have been better. We had a bit of a breakdown against (Savannah) Country Day, but overall the defense has picked up, and that is what I have been trying to emphasize.”
    If the Lady Eagles can get by Treutlen in the first round, they will take on the winner of the Stewart-Quitman/Terrell County game at 4 p.m. next Thursday at Savannah State University in round two of the state playoffs.
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