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Derrck Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel New Manchester coach Vincent Parks will lead the Jaguars into their first state playoff appearance in school history this evening.

With a young team playing in its first state playoff game, New Manchester coach Vincent Parks said it will be helpful that his team will be hosting a game.

The Jaguars make their inaugural state tournament appearance this evening when it host Chattahoochee in a first round Class AAAAAA playoff contest. This will be the program’s first playoff appearance since the school opened in 2011.

“Well obviously everyone on the team and in the school is very excited,” Parks said. “They are getting congratulations all week on making the playoffs. It is almost to the point were it is a little over excitement. I hope it doesn’t effect the way we play.”

New Manchester was able to host a first round game after getting an upset of Mays in the semifinals of the Region 5-AAAAAA Tournament last week. The Jaguars lost to Douglas County in the championship game of the tournament at Creekside High in Fairburn.

Parks said playing at home could be huge for his team, which has a 7-5 record on its home court this season.

“Being a young team puts us in a familiar setting,” Parks said. “It gives our fans a chance to see the girls play. I think it could be a big advantage for us.”

Parks said it will be important for his team to settle down quickly and execute the game plan.

“We have to shake those jitters early,” Parks said. “With us, we don’t want come out flat, but at the same time we don’t want to be overly excited. We have to get to the basic of the game and just play basketball.”

New Manchester has a 16-11 record, which ties the most in school history.

The Cougars are 20-6 overall and finished as the No. 3 seed from 7-AAAAAA. Chattahoochee is 9-2 in road games this season.

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