Marsh answered several questions in a wide-ranging Q&A about his team, the season and the new-look classification.
Q. Region 8-3A is stout. What is the focus heading into region play?
A. Our region is very tough. Morgan won the title last year, and they want to beat us. We are trying to iron out what weaknesses we have seen so far and get ready for league play. Hopefully, with the virus, we will be able to get all that in.
Q. Speaking of the COVID-19, you guys weathered several positive tests. What was that like?
A. We were shut down for 11 days earlier in the year, which made it difficult. We lost some games, but we picked up a few like the Rabun Gap game last night. But every school in the state is dealing with that issue.
Q. Tell me about your team this season.
A. We have seven seniors. Sean Webb has been a three-year starter for us as a forward/guard or so. He can play multiple positions and score inside or outside. A lot of things are built around Sean. We have two junior guards – J.C. Curry and Sean Teasley. Curry is athletic, shoots really well, jumps well and shoots well on the perimeter and takes the ball to the basket very strong. Teasley is really quick and strong and passes the ball well. At center, we have 6-foot-7 sophomore Tahj Johnson. He is coming on strong, but we want him to play more physical. Sometimes he can play on the perimeter, which he likes, but he needs to be inside for us. Then we start another senior at a wing position, Ben Edwards. He is a good 3-point shooter and we hope to space the floor with him and give the other guys some room to penetrate or post up. We are just working like every other team ... working on region play.
Q. Class 3A looks different this season after Pace Academy – the defending champions – reclassed to 2A. What do you see when you look around at 3A?
A. You know, I have not really looked at a lot of the new teams. I mean, there’s Sandy Creek and I know they have two Division-1 players, so they will be strong. And then the Savannah programs are always strong. Then, up in 6-3A, another team that dropped from 4A to 3A is No. 5 LaFayette, and they are tough. You just must be ready every night that you go out. Of course, nothing is a given.
Class 3A boys top 10
1. Sandy Creek
2. Windsor Forest
3. Hart County
7. Cross Creek
10. Murray County
Class 3A girls top 10
3. Coahulla Creek
4. Lumpkin County
5. Cross Creek
8. Greater Atlanta Christian
9. Cedar Grove
10. Stephens County