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Athlete of the Week: Leslie Whiddon, Paulding County
by E. Marcel Pourtout
February 26, 2014 11:00 AM | 1936 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With a 40-28 victory over Villa Rica on Feb. 19, the Paulding County High School girls’ basketball team won the program’s first-ever region championship and secured a spot in the Class 5A state playoffs.

Senior shooting guard Leslie Whiddon became a driving force for the Patriots, averaging 13 points in her team’s three victories in the Region 5-AAAAA tournament over Lithia Springs, top-seeded Hiram in the semifinals and Villa Rica in the title game.

“It meant a lot to win the region tournament,” Whiddon said. “We’ve worked really hard and our coaches were always on us to bring the first girls’ basketball region championship banner to our gym. We got tired of hearing about it and wanted the win badly.”

Whiddon, whose averaged 11 points per contest this season, has seen the overall growth of the program.

“We’ve come together and begun understanding the game of basketball,” Whiddon said. “We pass the ball to each other and learned what we should do on the court.”

Head Coach Byron Scott said, “Leslie and the rest of our senior class helped carry us to a region championship by making huge plays game after game.”

Whiddon will also run for the Patriots’ track team this spring in a sprint distance. She plans to major in graphic design upon entering college and pursue a career in advertising.

The Patriots’ season ended in the state playoffs against Kell, 60-53, on Feb. 21.

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