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North Paulding returns youth to experienced squad
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
November 27, 2013 01:47 PM | 1100 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Marcel Pourtout<br>North Paulding girls’ basketball junior Shannon Henesy practices jump shots during drills at practice last week.
Staff / Marcel Pourtout
North Paulding girls’ basketball junior Shannon Henesy practices jump shots during drills at practice last week.
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Last season, the North Paulding girls’ basketball team finished with six wins and was denied an opportunity to gain the first winning season in program history.

However, the Lady Wolfpack have begun full practices and there’s optimism that this upcoming campaign may become the most successful.

“We’ve been working out since August and held our first practice in October,” head coach Scott Green said. “The practices have been very competitive and accomplished some things. We’ve had a good preseason.”

North Paulding has a veteran unit with six seniors, including point guard Jalexis Teemer, who has been a starter her entire career and averaged seven points and six assists last season.

“Jalexis can handle the ball better than anyone in our region,” Green said.

Junior Moran Ferrell provides the team with strong outside shooting from the guard spot and finished last season averaging nine points and four rebounds per game. Sophomore Bailey Noonan, who scored six points and grabbed six rebounds a game last year, also will start for North Paulding in the guard rotation.

“Morgan is an outside shooter that will make three-pointers for us and Bailey plays much bigger than her size with aggression on the court,” Green said.

After starting last season with eight losses, Ferrell and Noonan were inserted into the starting lineup and the Lady Wolfpack proceeded to win one out of three contests the rest of the year.

“Once Morgan and Bailey planted themselves into our lineup, they were very productive,” Green said.

North Paulding plays in highly competitive Region 5A-AAAA with defending region champion Allatoona and playoff team Paulding County within the sub-region.

“I want our team to have the opportunity to get into the region tournament with a decent seed and play a game that matters,” Green said. “We’re working towards being a state tournament team because that’s our goal.”

North Paulding returns to action Friday at home against Lithia Springs.



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