The Cobb County School District was nothing short of spectacular this basketball season as it showed the depth of talent all over the county. As the season went on, the teams got better. Their success carried over to the state playoffs.
Eight Cobb Schools’ teams made the boys’ state tournament, while nine teams made it to the girls’ postseason tournament. Five teams (four boys and one girls) made it to the Final Four round, and two teams have made it to the championship game. This is remarkable considering the grueling schedule that awaits basketball athletes in the second half of their season after Christmas break. Keeping physically and mentally fit throughout the January and February regional run is a difficult and demanding task.
The Pebblebrook Falcons soared to the top as their balanced attack on offense and relentless pressure on defense made them the team to beat. The Falcons made it to the Final Four but came up short. Pebblebrook finished their season 25-4.
The McEachern Indians were also a team that raised the bar as the Lady Indians secured another regional championship, and both girls and boys varsity made it to the Final Four in the 7A state tournament.
The Sprayberry Lady Jackets emerged as one of the top 6A teams this season, led by Region 6-6A Player of the Year Flau’Jae Johnson and Coach of the Year Kellie Avery. The Lady Jackets finished with a record of 21-6.
The Kell Longhorn boys were crowned 6-6A region champions, and they will be playing in the 6A State Championship game. Scoota Henderson was named Region Player of the Year, and head coach Jermaine Sellers was named Co-Coach of the Year (along with Wheeler’s Larry Thompson). Jaylen Harris was also named to the All-Region team. Not only did the Kell boys varsity play great this year, the Lady Longhorns did not disappoint either. They were crowned 6-6A region champs right along with the boys and made it the 6A Elite Eight.
The Wheeler Wildcats’ dominance in the last decade has been impressive as they are set to play in another championship game. After winning the 7A State Championship last year, Wheeler looks to repeat as 6A champions. The Wildcats face the Kell Longhorns on Friday, March 12 in Macon, GA.
“Cobb County basketball is alive and well,” said Wheeler coach Larry Thompson. “We have some very talented student athletes and some really good coaches in Cobb and the community support is always there.”
With so much talent on the court as well as on the sidelines, Cobb County School District will continue to be a basketball force for many seasons to come.