“We had losing tendencies prior to me taking the head coach position,” Davis said, who has been a part of the Spartans’ program since its inception eight years ago. “Now we expect to win and have to get used to working like a winner. Paulding County and the school have begun to get excited about us which is something we lacked prior to last season.”
The preparations for this season have been unique because the basketball roster includes six football players who helped lead the Spartans to the second round of the Class AAAAA playoffs last month.
“Our football guys are going to have some rust and it does affect how people play together,” Davis said.
However, the Spartans have opened this year with wins in two out of their first three contests, including region victories over Woodland (Bartow) and East Paulding.
Leading the Spartans’ unit have been seven seniors including leading scorer Cody Williams, who’s averaging 13 points per game this season and is a transfer from Hiram, and Jordan Roberts, the starting point guard and second-leading scorer with 12 ppg.
“Cody is a great kid who’s a leader with a nice skill set,” Davis said. “Jordan has been on the varsity team for three years and also brings leadership to our team.”
The other seniors in the playing rotation for South Paulding include Al Callahan, Khalia Hackett, Darrel Wilson and Chandler Burks, who is one of the top football quarterbacks in the state and returns to the hardwood for the first time in two years.
The Spartans also have received strong contributions from juniors Kenzie Burgess, Joe Williams and leading rebounder CJ Baisden, who has brought down six rebounds per contest.
South Paulding will return to action on Thursday at Rockmart.