When Chattahoochee High’s Erika Ford was diagnosed with a possible season-ending leg injury, her coach tried to remain upbeat about it.
“Erika went from what I considered the best basketball player in Georgia to the best cheerleader in Georgia,” Chattahoochee’s Eric Herrick said, referring to Ford’s support of her teammates from the bench.
The cheerleader has transformed back to a player, just in time for the state playoffs.
Ford, who signed with Georgia, will start when Chattahoochee plays host to Loganville at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs.
“I think our goal going into the year was the state championship,” Herrick said. “With Erika back on board, that’s clearly in our sights and our goal.”
Tuesday’s game will be only the fifth of season for the All-State guard. She was cleared for limited play in the final two games of the region tournament, and had 20 points and 8 rebounds in the