No matter what happens in the playoffs, the senior class for the Greenbrier girls basketball team (especially the trio of Tiffany Blackburn, Brooke Jackson and Michelle Swiec) should be beaming with pride. Some of their accomplishments are simply mind-boggling. Here are a few key numbers:
The Lady Wolfpack's record over the past four year.
That is an average of 23-5 per season for a school that, until three years ago, had never made a state tournament appearance.
The record of Swiec and Jackson, if you add their 14-0 mark as eighth-graders at Greenbrier Middle School.
Jackson and Swiec also were starting guards on that team.
No. 3 and No. 2
Where Greenbrier was ranked in last week's statewide polls. They are second in the Georgia Sportswriters Poll and third in the GaSports.com Coaches Poll. That is the highest ranking for a Columbia County basketball team in my lifetime.
The number of times Swiec has been named to the All-County Team.
The 2006-07 team hasn't been selected yet, but I have a feeling she will be on it (wink-wink). She is the only girls basketball player to be named to the All-County Team four times since I began helping with the selections 10 years ago.
The average margin of victory for Greenbrier this season in their 25-0 start.
The number of times Greenbrier did not win by at least 10 points.
Greenbrier also has advanced to the state quarterfinals (2004-05) and the semifinals (2005-06) the past two seasons - another feat that puts this team in a class by itself.
The bottom line is, what coach Garrett Black and his seniors have accomplished is truly amazing. So whether they win the school's first basketball state title or they get knocked out in the first round, we should all congratulate this group for putting Columbia County girls basketball on the map.
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