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Trojans persevere through season of adversity

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The Dougherty Trojans are getting a first hand lesson in adversity this season.

After losing five of their last six games, the Trojans hope to build some momentum before the region tournament.

To the Trojans, it likely seems momentum has been working against them all season.

"They know we've got to go through some stuff before we can come out," says interim head coach Ty Hayes. "Right now, we're just going through it."

Due to construction at Dougherty High School, the Trojans haven't had a true home gym all year.

They've practiced at Dougherty Middle School, and played home games at Radium Middle.

Then, longtime head coach Donald Poole retired midseason, meaning the Trojans had to adjust to interim head coach Hayes.

But Hayes says the team isn't down on themselves. Instead, they're focused on the team's mantra: "One Team, One Dream."

"They know that eventually they're going to come out," says Hayes.

"We just want to win," says junior forward Montrell Sisroe. "So we keep going hard and we just have to get better."

Hayes gives his team credit for continuing to believe and not let the difficulties affect their play.

"They're all still here. Nobody has quit, or gone anywhere else. They're sticking through it," Hayes says. "As long as they keep playing hard, keep playing together, and stay together, we'll be ok."

At the end of the day, Hayes says, the best thing the players can do is block out the distractions and just play basketball.

"Coach always tell us, every time we step on the floor, try to have fun," says Sisroe.

The Trojans are back on the court Friday when they take on crosstown rival Albany on the road.

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