John Zorn has produced some impressive basketball teams during his time as the head girls coach at Loganville High School, but after a slight downturn — at least by Loganville standards — over the past three years, Zorn once again has a team capable of making some noise in region play and possibly in the state playoffs.
The Lady Devils clinched the No. 3 seed out of Region 8-AAAAA last season, but lost to Columbia 53-38 in the first round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs.
This season, the Lady Devils return an experienced group in Zorn’s 10th year at the helm including some of the county’s top scorers and rebounders from last season.
Janae Charles, the county’s leading rebounder on the girls side last season with 7.6 per game, returns alongside Summer Bruner (9.3 points per game, 6.0 rebounds per game) and Sydney Bolden (8.1 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game). The Red Devils also bring back senior Callie Boleman and juniors Sadie Segars and Jailin Herbert.
However, the Red Devils did lose one key piece off last year’s team. The 2019 Tribune Player of the Year Alerriya Butler is gone this season after graduating and moving on to Southern Union Community College in Alabama.
Region 8-AAAAA is one of the toughest regions in the state and is home to defending state champion Buford.
“Every year you want to win a region title and a state title. I feel like this team has the potential to do that,” Zorn said. “We’ve obviously got Buford and a pretty good Clarke Central team sitting in our way. We’ve got the potential, but we have to be all in and come together as a team.
“I’d really like for us to make it past the first round of the state playoffs, because once you’re past that anything can happen.”
Loganville begins the season on Nov. 9 at home against Rockdale County. The Red Devils host rival Monroe Area Nov. 19.