Woodland hoops squads seek improvement in 2018-19
The Woodland High School varsity basketball teams will open their 2018-19 campaigns on Friday, November 16 by hosting Gordon Central with both teams looking to improve their marks from one year ago.
The Lady Cats finished 7-17 overall a year ago and were 4-12 in Region 7-AAAAA. The Wildcats were 7-19 overall and 4-12 in league play.
In addition to the non-region opener with Gordon Central, the Woodland girls will play in the Armuchee Thanksgiving Tournament November 19-20 where they will open against Adairsville.
The Woodland boys will play in the Paulding County Hoopsgiving Classic November 17-20 and both teams will participate in the Rome News-Tribune Holiday Tournament December 17-21.
Additionally, the Woodland teams will play a non-region home-and-home series against Cartersville.
The always challenging Region 7-AAAAA schedule will include home-and-home games with Carrollton, Cass, East Paulding, Hiram, Kell, Paulding County, Rome, and Villa Rica.
Woodland High School Lady Cats
Head Coach: Kyle Morgan Assistant Coaches: Steve Dunnington, Lexi Katt
Returning Starters: Madgie Robinson, Lauren Morris, Morgan Cooper, Ansley Evans, Gracie Styles, Nickiah Metcalf all started games last year.
Potential Starters / Expected Contributors:
Riley Jaussi (currently injured), Morgan Bailey, Jordan Thompson, Callie Jones, Abigail Taylor could all push for time this season.
Outlook from Coach Morgan:
We expect to get better (individually and collectively) each practice and each game as the season progresses. Our goal is to play hard, smart, and together each time we step on the floor. Robinson, a four-year starter, is the only senior if Jaussi is not able to recover from the injury to play. We have several juniors and sophomores that gained valuable experience last year. We play in a very competitive region that is loaded with all-state players and we look forward to competing every night against good teams. We have a good group of young ladies and I’m confident their best basketball is still ahead of them.
Woodland High School Wildcats
Head Coach: Colman Roberts
Assistant Coach: Erik Foss
The Wildcats have five returning starters for the 2018-19 season after losing Connor Gallagher, Dustin Ivie, and Kenny Jinks to graduation off last season’s team.
Coach Roberts expects contributions and starters from most of his returning roster including Peyton Roberts, Jaylen Ballard, Hunter Johnson, D.J. Robinson, Dawson Wilkins, Justice Carter, Nathan Gomez, DiAnthony Heathcock, and Kyjuan McClendon.
Roberts also stated the team goal for 2018-19 is to qualify for the Class 5A State Playoffs.