by Britney Morgan
After beating Central Carrollton last week by a score of 103-38, the South Atlanta Hornets have advanced to the GHSA’s Elite Eight with an overall record of 27-4.
With a fairly young South Atlanta boys’ team and no returning starters, Basketball Coach Michael Reddick said that a lot of people thought they would have a down year. Setting high expectations for his teams, there was never doubt in his mind that they would make it this far. “My guys work very hard to make sure we would have a good year,” said Reddick.
Coach Reddick says the team’s recipe for a good year includes lots of hard work during the off-season. “We practiced hard and played 38 games in June. We did a lot of individual development in the fall, and we have been extremely competitive in practice this year.”
Coach Reddick went on to say that his team’s depth makes them exceptional, “With all 13 players bringing something special to the hardwood, South Atlanta doesn’t have a set lineup. The Hornets have had several injuries this season, but they are always able to fill-in for each other and pull through.”
As a coach, Reddick says that he focuses on teaching his guys discipline, responsibility, character and citizenship. He works to give his players the tools necessary to be successful in life and looks to expose them to new things. Each year they take a trip outside the state to play and to visit a university.
Grateful and appreciative of the South Atlanta community, Reddick said, “We take great pride in our community.” He encourages everyone to come out and support their team as they continue the journey on their “March to Macon” for the GHSA State Championship Games.
The South Atlanta Hornets will go head-to-head with Morgan County tonight at 6:30 p.m. at South Atlanta High School.
For more information about the GHSA State Basketball Championships visit www.ghsa.net.