Taylor County girls face Turner County in state title game Thursday

BUTLER, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Matt Troutman has been coaching at Taylor County High School for 36 years.

During that span, he’s helped the Lady Vikings basketball team win five state titles. They haven’t won it all since 2003, but they’ve been to the Final Four twice.

“A lot of times people don’t think you’re successful unless you win state,” Troutman said Tuesday afternoon following a practice at TCHS. “We’ve been successful. I’m just glad to be back in the state championship ball game.”

The Lady Vikings (30-0) meet Turner County (28-2) for the Class A Public championship Thursday.

“They’re a good ball club,” Troutman says. “We’ve got to go in there and make sure we keep them off the boards. They’re a good rebounding team. That’s one of their strengths. We’ve got to box them out and just allow them one shot. After that, we’ve got to make sure we hit the boards and just go from there.”

The Lady Vikings advanced to the semifinals in the 2011-2012 season. They were eliminated in the second round the following season. Last season, they were put out in the second round again.

“They have paid the price the last year or so,” Troutman says. “We had a pretty good ball club last year, and all these kids are back from last year. They worked hard all summer–got in the gym, just worked hard. It’s paying off for them.”

The Girls Class A Public title game is scheduled to tip off at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Macon Centreplex.

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