Going into this year's region tournament, the Greenbrier girls basketball team already had set a school record for most victories in a single season.
The Lady Wolfpack has 19 wins and features a lineup loaded with underclasswomen.
Actually, next year might be the year to really watch the Lady Pack. When the season began, however, head coach Garrett Black set a goal to get a state tournament berth.
All that stood in his team's way was a game against Effingham County. That same school upset the football team this season and cost Greenbrier a playoff appearance.
Black's crew did not let that happen. Four players scored in double figures as Greenbrier rallied from a 12-point, third-quarter deficit to knock off Effingham County 60-52.
The victory assures Greenbrier its first state playoff appearance in girls hoops.
Former Lakeside wrestler Justin Otis has had a tumultuous couple of months.
The 165-pound Georgia state champion for the Panthers was accused of rape by a female student at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, where Otis is a wrestler.
After an investigation, all charges were dropped against Otis. According to news reports, police felt that Otis' accuser had lied during the investigation, and toxicology reports did not back up her story.
She had claimed that Otis had given her an alcoholic drink that caused her to black out. She also said that she was in his building to visit a friend.
During the investigation, reports surfaced that the accuser had come to the building with another female student and the two had used fake IDs to purchase vodka at a Chattanooga liquor store, according to police. Also, her blood-alcohol level was 0.20, which is twice the legal limit. There was no trace of any drug that would have caused her to black out.
Otis had to face all of these allegations and was suspended for four matches during the investigation. He has been reinstated to the team, where he is a red-shirt freshman.
Otis has a bright future for the Moccasins. He is behind one of the top 165-pound wrestlers in the country. Senior Jon Sioredas is ranked as the nation's No. 6 wrestler and has a record of 20-1 on the season.
Otis is expected to compete for the top spot next season.
It is hoped he can put this terrible ordeal behind him.
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