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New coach takes the reins at Woodland
by Bobby Tedder
btedder@neighbornewspapers.com
November 19, 2012 10:03 AM | 1163 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Woodland head coach Ashley Maddox, pictured here guiding a recent practice.
Woodland head coach Ashley Maddox, pictured here guiding a recent practice.
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New Woodland varsity girls’ basketball coach Ashley Maddox aims to the keep the postseason party going around here.

That means maintaining the Lady Wolfpack’s relatively new standard of winning — naysayers be darned.

“I don’t think any [outsiders] expect us to accomplish much this season,” said Maddox. “But, we know what we have in our locker room.

“There are some special things we’re capable of doing …”

Dethroning Region 4-AAAA’s top dog Jonesboro is at or near the top of that list of possible feats.

The Lady Cardinals are again projected to reign supreme over the league. Woodland gets its first crack at them at home Dec. 4 — that contest presenting a two-fold opportunity: litmus test and chance for revenge.

“Jonesboro embarrasses us pretty good at their place last year in the playoffs,” said Maddox. “We’ve got them circled on the calendar as far as letting us know exactly where we stand.

“We know they are the measuring stick around here.”

Maddox takes over for Thomas McLaurin, who led the Lady Wolfpack to consecutive playoff appearances the past two seasons.

Woodland returns a talented core of first-stringers that are capable of making it three straight.

Dynamic point guard/forward Morgan Jones is back to lead this bunch — as is leading scorer and sharpshooter Lindsey Reed.

The team will count on Jones to be her usual productive self at each position she’s dispatched to play. Meanwhile, the sweet shooting Reed — first team All-Region last season — is expected to again consistently knock down high percentage jumpers while helping to spearhead Woodland’s pressure defensive attack.

Speaking of defense, Nicole Fendura — the region leader in blocked shots a season ago — should again be a disruptive force down low.

Woodland will also look to get solid guard play from returnees Care Bacon and Mecca Sneed.

The drop-off, or lack thereof, going from starters to bench players may ultimately determine the Lady Wolfpack’s fortunes.

“We have a lot of youth. Our starters have a lot of experience, but after the first five everybody else is new to our varsity program,” Maddox said.

“We’ll need to help develop and grow those girls as well … it’s a priority.”

Upcoming games:

Nov. 27 at Griffin; Upson-Lee Nov. 30; Luella Dec. 1; Jonesboro Dec. 4.
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