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Jonesboro girls' coach likes team unity

From Staff Reports

Jonesboro girls coach Michael House knows that this season could be a roller coaster-type season for his young squad. The Lady Cardinals do not have any seniors this season.

However, the team is off to a 3-1 start overall and 1-0 in the region after Tuesday's win over Creekside.

"This is a learning experience for most of the girls," House said. "We are going to have to teach and coach them up. We know it will be some growing pains as we move forward, but we see a lot of positives."

One of the most striking positives for House has been the team unity in the early stages of the season.

"We are much more together as a team this season," he said. "We have more unity on this team. We are doing more things as a team and the girls are putting the team first."

Woodland's Williams out 2 games

Woodland's boys basketball team will be without starting small forward Terrance Williams for its next two games after Williams was ejected Tuesday night in the Wolfpack's 44-33 loss at Eagle's Landing.

Player ejections carry an automatic two-game suspension, according to the Georgia High School Association. Williams will miss the Wolfpack's next two games against Dutchtown (Friday) and Salem (Saturday).

Williams received a technical foul just 2 minutes 48 seconds into the game and was immediately ejected, though the reason wasn't obvious. Woodland coach David Bice said referees told him Williams threw a punch at an Eagle's Landing player.

Without Williams, the Wolfpack (2-1) struggled offensively against Eagle's Landing, particularly in the second half when they scored just 10 points.

When Williams was ejected, "that changed everything for us," Bice said.

Missed opportunities

The North Clayton boys have to look no further than the free throw line to explain its 63-59 loss at Tri-Cities in the Eagles season-opener Tuesday night.

North Clayton missed 25 free throws in the contest, which was also a Region 4-AAAA game.

"I know we will get better, because we are working on that," Eagles coach Martisse Troup said. "We had our chances, but we didn't execute. We also missed some open layups in the game."

Junior Marcus Hunt had 21 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.

Troup is hoping this season will not be a repeat of the 2008-09 season when the Eagles lost seven games by three or less points.

Three-and-oh so nice

It's early, but Woodland's girls basketball team is already off to the best start in the program's four-year history.

After grinding out a 39-33 win at Eagle's Landing on Tuesday against a team that won 19 games last season and made the state tournament, the Lady Wolfpack find themselves 3-0 for the first time.

Woodland's previous three-game starts were 1-2 (2009), 1-2 (2008) and 0-3 (2007).

The strong start is a step in the right direction for the Lady Wolfpack, but consider this: Woodland has just one senior, starting point guard Diamond Sneed, on its 10-player roster. The rest of the Lady Wolfpack's starters Tuesday were comprised of one sophomore (Lindsey Reed) and three juniors (Morgan Jones, Jasmine Stroizer and Bendrea Willis).