With a little over two weeks remaining in the regular season, New Manchester coach Vincent Parks wants to see a new attitude in his team.
Parks says its time for his team to get into playoff mode.
“For us, all we have to do at this point is get into playoff mode because we only have eight games remaining,” Parks said. “We are looking at getting the second spot in the region. Every game is pretty crucial at this point in the season.”
The Jaguars travel to Chapel Hill this evening for a rematch of an earlier game they won. New Manchester has a 12-5 overall mark and 7-3 in Region 5-AAAAA.
They are a game behind Villa Rica (8-2 in region) in the standings. It appearances Hiram will win the region for a second straight season as the Hornets are on a 13-game region winning streak and are solidly in first with a 10-0 record.
The top two seeds in the region secure an automatic berth into next month’s state playoffs as they are placed in the region tournament’s semifinals game.
“Getting the No. 2 spot is very important,” Parks said. “Our goal all season has been to get to the playoffs.”
The New Manchester girls program has never earned a state playoff spot during the five-year existence of the school.
Just about every team in the region is still in a fight for playoff position. South Paulding is 6-4 in fourth place while Chapel Hill and Alexander are 5-5 and tied for fifth place. Chapel Hill won the earlier contest between the school on a near buzzer beater at Alexander.
Lithia Springs, which host Hiram tonight, is in seventh place with a 4-5 record.
“We are just focused on our next game which is Chapel Hill,” Parks said. “We just have to focus and come out and play. I’m confident if we can play to our capability that we can grab that No. 2 spot.”