Lady Wolverines hit hard by attrition
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
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Julie Crowe has been through a lot in her time as the girls basketball coach at Woodstock, but the rebuilding project the Lady Wolverines are in for could be a first.
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Julie Crowe has been through a lot in her time as the girls basketball coach at Woodstock, but the rebuilding project the Lady Wolverines are in for could be a first.
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CANTON — Julie Crowe has seen a lot during her 10 years as Woodstock’s girls basketball coach, but she has never experienced anything quite like this season.

The Lady Wolverines have opened with four straight losses for the first time since the 2006-07 season. There is a good reason for it, though, since the team graduated players who accounted for about 95 percent of its scoring from a season ago.

Unlike last season when Woodstock was stacked with seven seniors —including Makensie Block, Clara Young and Bri Lakes, who accounted for the majority of the team’s rebounds and points — this year’s team has just one in Carolyn Edwards.

“We are going to be young,” Crowe said. “We graduated our largest class in quite a while, so we will bring in some youth. We are going to be young, but the girls are passionate. They are working hard and growing more and more as a team the more time they spend together.”

Aside from Edwards, the Lady Wolverines return a few players, such as junior Jessica Alexander and sophomore Kennedy Montgomery.

Crowe said Alexander is a strong defensive player, while Montgomery is aggressive on defense and on the board.

“We are very excited to have these young ladies coming back with some varsity experience,” Crowe said. “They are going to be fantastic players for us. We look forward to growing and seeing how the season unfolds.”

Sisters Chandler and Ashton Sutton should also play key roles this year after moving up from the junior varsity team.

The Suttons, two of a set of triplets, are sophomores who Crowe will use as guards.

“They’ve got some experience handling the ball and should do a good job for us,” Crowe said. “Ashton will step in and play the 2 guard, which is where Block played. She is a very similar player to Block. I think she will do a good job for us.”

So far, Woodstock as lost to Harrison, Kennesaw Mountain, River Ridge and Creekview. It will be participating in the North Forsyth Thanksgiving tournament before opening Region 5AAAAAA play with Cherokee on Saturday.

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