Following last week’s loss at East Coweta, Katie Wolff let her Chapel Hill team know she wasn’t pleased with the team’s focus during pre-game.
Wolff was looking for a better early game effort in the Panthers’ Region 5-AAAA opener against Troup on Tuesday.
And she got it.
The Panthers scored with less than four minutes into the contest to cruise to a 14-0 win.
“We talked after that game about being ready to play from the start,” Wolff said. “I wasn’t happy with the way we started at East Coweta. I talked with the captains on Monday and put it in their hands. I wanted more focus.”
The Panthers had seven different players to score with four scoring multiple goals. Senior Tierra Gilchrist and junior Jasmine Linton hat the trick while Kristin Beasley, Devyn Thompson and Jordan Thompson scored two goals each.
Also scoring was Bailey Turner and Kali Morrow.
“It was really like a practice for us as we were trying out some new things,” Gilchrist said. “We played well off of each other and no one was selfish. It was a great team win for us.”
The Panthers are now 4-4 overall heading into Friday’s region contest at Central-Carrollton. Chapel Hill next three games are on the road with Central (Friday), Sandy Creek (March 13) and Cartersville (March 20).
The next home contest will be against defending region champion LaGrange, which handed the Panthers their only region loss last season in overtime.
Chapel Hill reached the Class AAAA semifinals for the first time in school history last season.
Coming into Tuesday’s game, the Panthers were averaging 5.8 points per contest. Troup didn’t get a shot on the goal in the contest that was called at halftime because of the mercy rule.
“We played well as a team, and it was a good effort by everybody,” Linton said. “This game sort of showed us where we were at.”
Wolff said this will serve as a confidence booster going into the next three games.
“We are now in the region schedule, so this give us some confidence,” Wolff said. “We don’t want to be over confidence but we want to stay grounded. We passed the ball well and wasn’t selfish. This was a phenomenal was to win your first region game.”