Jefferson made a quarterfinals run a year ago, winning 23 games and finishing as runner-up in a tough region. That team had six seniors and lost their head coach (Jason Gibson, who moved to Dawson), so many wrote them off entering 2018-19. However, as we predicted, this was just a reload after a foundation has been established for winning.
First-year head coach Greg Brown was a solid hire for the Lady Dragons, who came to Jefferson with a strong resume that included 149 wins, two region titles, and seven state playoff trips in as many years at Northwest Whitfield. Brown has led the girls to a perfect 8-0 start to the season.
“It’s been a little bit surprising as young as we are,” says Brown. “We just had a lot of buy in, and I think that’s why we’ve gotten off to the start we have.”
While it’s nice to be unbeaten this far into December, basketball in this corner of North Georgia isn’t really this easy…and Brown knows that.
“We’re so young it’s almost like we’re a little bit naive,” says Brown. “We try to push them to get a little better every practice…we can’t really control more than that.”
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For Jefferson, much like other area programs like Banks, Dawson, Rabun, and others, it’s a case of laying a winning foundation that makes it easier to reload rather than rebuild after cycling through great talent.
“That was established before I got here,” says Brown on the winning becoming a habit. “It’s the expectation around here. We try not to make excuses or use our youth as an excuse. They know what the expectations are – and now we have to live up to it.”
Jefferson continues play on Friday at Morgan County in a pivotal region game for both sides. Morgan is also 2-0 in region play at this point.
Feature Photo by Kyle Sandy (SandysSpiel.com)