The Warren County Screaming Devils continued their near perfect region play by defeating region foe Lake Oconee Academy on Jan. 17 by a score of 61-37.
“I think against LOA we didn’t play up to our potential,” head coach Uriah Myrick said. “No disrespect to them, but we played down to what they were doing. We need to play to our potential no matter who is on the court. One good thing that came from the boys playing this way is that we are reminded that the muscle memory isn’t there yet on some skills and we can work on those.”
Cortavion Wilder led the team in scoring with 13 points (4-5 FG, 3-4 3FG, 2-2 FT).
Besides losing to Hancock Central earlier in the season, WCHS has turned their record around from last year, improving from a 7-15 record in the 2019 season to 14-1 and tied for first in the region.
“This season has been pretty good and surprising since we finished the 2019 season with a 7-15 record,” Myrick said. “I knew we had the talent and potential, but we just had to make sure everybody bought in. We think of the number 7 every time we face adversity to represent the seven wins we had last year, and they really bought in.”
Myrick said he knew early in the season that the team had bought in to the program after the team’s first win against Greene County. According to Myrick, Greene County was ranked in the state at the time, and WCHS was able to beat them by double digits.
“Being able to dominate a ranked team was great motivation,” Myrick said.
The game after when the team played Johnson County was the team’s first physical test, said Myrick.
“Strength was one of our weaknesses last year,” Myrick said. “We out rebounded them by at least 10, and our work in the weight room is showing.”
WCHS faced Greene County on Jan. 18, winning by a score of 75-62, and faced North Oconee on Jan. 20, defeating them by a score of 66-61. The Screaming Devils faced Georgia Military College on Jan. 21.
“We are just trying to take it one game at a time,” Myrick said. “We are preparing for each game, but we also want to make sure we make the layoffs. We haven’t made the playoffs since the 2009-10 season, and I want to be able to showcase how talented we are and all the team’s hard work.”
Warren County will face Hancock Central on Jan. 24 at 7:30 pm, but before the game, at 4 pm, WCHS is dedicating the gymnasium to the late Dr. Antonio Hill, who passed in 2019.