Raiders walked the walk to home playoff game

SCPS will host George Walton Academy Friday in first round play

Raiders walked the walk to home playoff game
The winner of Friday's contest travels to Wesleyan, which has won the last two state championships.

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - It has been a long, long time since Savannah Christian hosted a girls’ state basketball playoff game.

Raiders walked the walk to host state playoff game

That changes on Friday, when the Raiders welcome George Walton Academy to the Eckburg Center for a first round matchup in the GHSA Class A-Private tournament.

The secret to ending the long drought? The Raiders say it was simply learning how to walk the walk.

“When I first came here, we talked about a lot of things we wanted to do," head coach Josh Kerkau says. "So the focus now is we have to go from talking about how we’re going to do these things to actually living them out.”

SCPS is making the program's third consecutive state playoff appearance under head coach Josh Kerkau.
SCPS is making the program's third consecutive state playoff appearance under head coach Josh Kerkau. (WTOC)

It’s not just a team-building motto or a nice little hashtag for the team’s social media accounts. It’s something the team says has helped them to reach this point.

It wasn’t always like this for the Raiders though. In the 2015-2016 season, the year before Kerkau showed up, the Raiders went 2-20. The last two years have ended in the first round of the state playoffs, both away from home.

Savannah Christian will host George Walton Academy Friday in the first round of the Class A-Private state playoffs.
Savannah Christian will host George Walton Academy Friday in the first round of the Class A-Private state playoffs. (WTOC)

But this current SCPS team says this year is different.

“We’ve bought in, and it means we’ve made the right steps to being successful,” says junior forward Paige Dennis.

“We all really care so much. During our practices, we really put in the work and every one tries to get better," "So in the game, it shows.”

Now with their home playoff game accomplished, it’s time for the Raiders to check off another milestone: a playoff victory.

“Depending on what happens tomorrow, today could be our last practice of the season," Kerkau says. "That’s going to be kind of a focus that we have today is making sure that doesn’t happen.”

Tip off from the Eckburg Center is set for 6:00 p.m Friday night.

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