Woodstock girls star Young not easily satisfied with play
by Chris Byess
cbyess@cherokeetribune.com
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02/28/12 -- north gwinnett at woodstock 01 -- Woodstock's Clara Young dribbles the ball up court during the second round of the state tournament against North Gwinnett High School.  STAFF/Lindsay Fendt
02/28/12 -- north gwinnett at woodstock 01 -- Woodstock's Clara Young dribbles the ball up court during the second round of the state tournament against North Gwinnett High School. STAFF/Lindsay Fendt
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For Woodstock point guard Clara Young, her breakout performance of last season is not enough.

Averaging 12.1 points, 4.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game, and shooting 73 percent from the free-throw line in 2011-12, Young fulfilled a goal she had set when she first took the court for the Lady Wolverines, being named the Cherokee Tribune Girls Basketball Player of the Year as a junior.

Though she’s focused on helping Woodstock as it attempts to go far in the state playoffs, Young isn’t satisfied to let her individual goals fall by the wayside.

Though her current averages — 10 points, five assists and three steals — are similar to statistics of last season, Young isn’t content with more of the same.

For her season to be successful, she feels that she must improve.

“I have set some very high goals for myself this year, and I haven’t achieved most of them yet,” said Young, who has started all four years at Woodstock. “I’ve had some good games, but I’ve had some disappointing ones, too. I just haven’t had a game where I went, ‘Wow, that was one of my best.’ I wouldn’t say that I’ve been satisfied with this season so far.”

Try telling that to Woodstock coach Julie Crowe, who believes that Young has been a key component in helping the team achieve a perfect 4-0 start this season. The Lady Wolverines have outscored their opponents by an average of 24 points.

“She is a vital part of our offense,” Crowe said. “We run things through her, and she controls the tempo of our game. She complements her teammates and makes the people around her better. She’s an instrumental part of our team.”

When told that Young wasn’t satisfied with how she was performing, Crowe didn’t seem surprised in the least.

“She is a very goal-oriented individual,” the coach said.

Some of Young’s goals for the year include averaging 20 points, six assists and four steals per game.

“I’m really just trying to get my stats up and do more individual things that can help my team win,” said Young, who has signed to play at Samford University next year.

Young doesn’t plan on increasing her stats without reward, however. She said being named last season’s Player of the Year was a treat, and she wants to win it again.

“It would be amazing to win it this year, since it is like the biggest honor that you can receive in the county,” Young said. “It was always a dream of mine since freshman year to receive the award, and it would be great if I could win it two years in a row.”

Crowe believes Young has a good chance of doing so.

“There is absolutely every possible way that she can win it back-to-back,” Crowe said.

For that to happen, Young is working hard to raise her level of play.

“I think I’m definitely going to have to step my game up,” she said. “I’ve had a few bumps in the road, but I think I’m on my way.”
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