By Doug Gorman
Success has come quickly to the Woodland Middle School athletic department, and they have the trophies to prove it.
Even though Woodland Middle School only opened its doors three years ago, the Wolfpack have staked their claim to two county championships.
It started with a seventh-grade middle school football title a year ago, and now the eighth-grade girls basketball team has added to the school's recent success.
Woodland captured the Henry County basketball championship when it posted a 16-0 record and defeated Luella in the championship game.
"This is very exciting for our school," Woodland head coach Cindy Butler said. "Our girls worked very hard, and they deserved this honor."
The Lady Wolfpack benefited from the contribution of two experienced players in Chelsea Tieuel and Aaliyah Dotson. Both played on the Woodland team as seventh graders and brought valuable experience to the floor this year.
Other members of the team as listed on the school's website include Leah Bergen, Krystal Green, Kayla Mitchell, Keiara Lowe, Jasmin Moore, LeAnn Richards, Nia Erewa, Keisha Elzie, Brianna Ohanba, Kiaire Duclos and Kassi Scarlett.
Butler has had plenty of success in the past two years at Woodland. In addition to its undefeated season this year, Butler's squad went 14-2 last year, giving her a 30-2 record the past two years.
Glenn Cross, who coaches the boys team at Woodland and has observed the girls team from a distance and says Butler's squad was something special.
"They played great defense, and defense wins championships," Cross said.
Cross also said he's impressed by the caliber of competition the team faced throughout the year.
"The basketball talent in the county is terrific," he said.
Most of the girls off of this year's championship basketball team will take their game to next level when they suit up for Woodland High School.