Marianna, FL---This is a rather important week for several area high school basketball teams. On the boy's side of things, it's district tournament time, where if you don't make it to your district final, you don't make the state playoffs.
Even if you have already won 24 of your first 25 games! The Marianna Bulldogs know that all too well. They own a 24-1 mark heading into Friday night's 4A-district one semifinal that they'll host against Walton.
Even though they beat the Braves twice already, by 15 and 19 points, well that means nothing at this point, leaving plenty of pressure on tomorrow night's game.
"Well there's always pressure when it's one game. If you lose, you go home. There's always pressure there that makes you feel like you want to jump off a cliff but hopefully the kids don't feel as much pressure as I do."
Marianna's last game was last Friday, a close win over Bay. That means a week break between games, the longest since the season began.
"Well you kinda try to stretch things out a little bit. The first couple days you try to make you make your practices a little longer. You try to be detailed, try to go back over some of the fundamental things that got you where you are. You try and focus on the other team, the opponent's weaknesses and work on our weaknesses."
The winner of that Walton-Marianna game will face the winner of Catholic-West Florida who will play their semi in Pensacola tomorrow. Bay, Rocky Bayou, Bethlehem, Graceville, Chipley and Liberty also hosting semifinal action Friday night.