Terrell County boys coach John Davis
DAWSON — Terrell County coach John Davis knows what beating Herald No. 1 Monroe meant for his team Friday night.
He wants it to mean even more down the stretch run.
“Hopefully, it will help us in the state rankings and hopefully it will help us as we move forward. We’ll see,’’ said Davis, whose kids beat Monroe, 48-47, in overtime Friday night when Rakeem Spencer’s drive counted because of a goal-tending call on Monroe to lift Terrell County to a 48-47 lead in the closing seconds. Monroe missed a shot at the OT buzzer.
The win — the first of any team in Southwest Georgia vs. Monroe this year — against a powerhouse like the Tornadoes will help Terrell county in the state rankings that determine which teams make the state playoffs. The region champs advance, but after that teams must finish in the Top 16 in the rankings to get a postseason berth.
Terrell County is No. 18, and hoped the win against Monroe moves the Greenwave into the top 16. Terrell County was 8-10 after beating Monroe, but Davis knows what the win could mean.
“Beating a powerhouse team like Monroe, the top team in the Fab 5 Poll and a team with a lot of wins, is going to help us in the state rankings. I shared that with my players before the game,’’ said Davis, who added he thought it help to motivate his kids.
“Monroe has some athletes,’’ said Davis of the Tornadoes, who were 19-2. “We played with a lot of energy and we rebounded well and played defense. And we played a controlled offense (that slowed the game down) and that’s why the score was so low.”
Other teams have tried to slow the ball down against Monroe and failed, but Terrell County stayed in the game and after building a 10-point lead in the firsts half, the Greenwave came back late to win in OT. Davis said the longer his kids hung there against Monroe, the more their confidence grew and he’s hoping that is a benefit from pulling off the upset.
“We hope this will help us,’’ he said. “It gives you a level of belief. That‘s what you want (that kind of confidence) that you can win.’’