“March Madness” is one of the most exciting times of the year in sports.
The basketball wackiness tipped off the at high school level this week with the region tournaments. Here is one shocker out of Henry County:
Ola High, which is only in its fourth year of varsity basketball, upset Jonesboro 53-49 to earn its first trip to the state tournament. Playoffs, baby! This is a school that won only six games in its first two seasons. They don’t have a player taller than 6-foot-2 on this year’s roster.
How did Ola do it? They hit some clutch buckets early, including a pair of deeeeeeeep 3-pointers in the first quarter by Thomas Werner during a 13-0 run (”He was at least 10 feet behind the 3-point line … seriously,” said coach Curt Miller). That got Jonesboro out of the zone defense. Meanwhile, Ola switched up its own defensive schemes, playing primarily man-to-man with strong backside help. It forced Jonesboro into making mistakes.
When the final buzzer sounded, “We were like little kids at Christmas time,” Miller said. “After you always hear you will never make it, our guys were tired of hearing that … There were so many people that texted or called me to congratulate us. It was really awesome.”
Which upsets are you predicting this week? Which high school team will shock the world? Please post below.