The date in questions is Jan. 18, when the Region 6-AAAAA-leading Lady Tigers (12-3) travel to defending state champ Miller Grove.
The Lady Wolverines, along with Southwest DeKalb and Stephenson, are hot on Tucker’s heels — the usual suspects who have acted as roadblocks to the GHSA state playoffs in recent years.
“Our region has won the [state title] nine out of the 10 years I’ve been here, so if you can get out of the region and advance …,” said Lady Tigers coach Robin Potter.
The Lady Tigers were unable to do that last season. Things may be different this time around, though.
Potter’s club, 6-0 in region play thus far, appears to be solid across the board and built for the long haul.
Heralded junior center Erykah Davenport anchors a hungry squad brimming with talent and athleticism. Point guard Tori Robinson is a steadying presence. Fellow juniors, twin-sister guards Nuba and Naima Jackson, are a “dynamic” tandem capable of hitting outside shots and slashing to the basket. Senior Aniya Hamilton, the team’s other post presence, is a strong rebounder.
“This team is very talented, and, the best thing about them is that they’re a good group of girls,” Potter explained. “They check each other, they’re focused and they’ve got goals.
“This group just goes out and plays hard.”
Although its aforementioned tilt with Miller Grove looms large, Tucker does not have the luxury of looking ahead.
The Lady Tigers are in the midst of a pivotal three-game home stand. They are set to clash with Mays Friday before hosting MLK Jan. 15.
Again, the Tucker coach’s thoughts drifted to her team’s fight for region supremacy and the other clubs seeking to get in its way.
“Mays is always tough and North Atlanta gave us a tough game [earlier this season] … so, it’s not going to be easy,” Potter said.