The Jackets basketball programs got a much-needed break over the weekend after both teams finished with wins, and get right back into region play after press time on Tuesday.
For those who want to hit the road with the Jackets, the teams are headed to Gordon Central to start the week with a 6 p.m. start time for the Lady Jackets, with more games to come on the road this weekend.
Both head coaches Tim Puckett and Steve Luke welcomed the break for the Lady Jackets and Jackets after a hard start to last week on the road for both teams, but exciting wins to follow-up before getting to take some rest.
"We need some rest, we really haven't had any since the Christmas tournament," Puckett said. "Just having a few days off is huge for us, so we can get our legs back under us."
The Lady Jackets, sitting at 11-5 with a second place spot in Region 7-AA at 5-2 so far, are looking to make up some ground this week as play in the area continues.
"These girls know what their goals are," Puckett said. "We kind of fell back last week, and then had the heartbreaker against Armuchee. These girls have really pulled themselves back together, and for us this always a growing environment."
Rockmart's girls come off a tough week that started with that heartbreaker loss to Armuchee in a 50-47 finish, when a 20-point second quarter lifted the Lady Indians back into the game after a Rockmart run during the opening quarter when they held the lead.
The Lady Jackets made up for it during their last game of the week at home, hosting Coosa for a region contest.
Rockmart held a 27-21 lead at halftime despite a surging Coosa squad who put up 7 points in the final minutes to get out of a double digit hole.
The Lady Jackets returned from the locker room and in the span of under three minutes took back over on offense, adding 11 points on a shots from the field and second chance shots on the backboards on rebounds.
They extended their lead into the second half as Coosa struggled with fouls under the basket and couldn't keep up with the home squad's scoring drive.
Before regulation ended, Rockmart at one point held a 30 point lead in the 70-47 final for the Lady Jackets.
Puckett said one of the positives he saw in the finish was the opportunity for the Lady Jackets to slow down and let plays develop.
"When you do that, you're going to have better looks at the rim," Puckett said. "They faced adversity, and for them to bounce back is great. Any win in this region is big. And hats off to Coosa, they'd beaten Armuchee by 10 in their previous game."
They boys had their own struggles last week. They fell in a one point game to the Indians on the road that came down to the wire for both teams.
Rockmart surged back later in the week, putting up a double digit lead over Coosa at one point last Friday and were up 20 over the Eagles at one point in the third quarter.
Coosa came surging back, but then got themselves into foul trouble and despite coming close, Rockmart took a 60-57 win.
Luke said the team struggled a bit during the last week, and are still learning that they'll have to finish off opponents before they can claim a victory for sure.
"We're just trying to work with our roster, and keep playing the team," he said. "We keep getting better every game. We had moments where we played well, and moments where we made mistakes... we're young, and we're getting better."
The 10-6 Jackets are fourth place in Region 7-AA at the moment, sitting behind Chattooga, Pepperell and Dade County in the standings for area play.
After a trip to Gordon Central to start the week with both Warrior programs struggling, the Jackets head up to Summerville to play Chattooga County on Friday evening, then both are on the road at Cass High School.