Lady Bob­cats hop­ing to build on last year’s suc­cess

The Catoosa County News - - SPORTS - By Scott Herpst sherpst@npco.com

The vol­ley­ball sea­son may be over for the Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Lady Bob­cats, but the court ac­tion is just start­ing to heat up.

The Navy-and-sil­ver have been gear­ing up for the 2018-2019 bas­ket­ball sea­son, which be­gan this past Satur­day against one-time re­gion ri­val South­ern Cres­cent Tech.

Head coach David Stephen­son said this year’s squad might con­tain the best over­all col­lec­tion of tal­ent, top to bot­tom, that the Lady Bob­cats have had since the pro­gram moved it base to Rossville sev­eral years ago.

“I think we might end up be­ing bet­ter than we were last year in a lot of ways,” he said. “The only thing that we are re­ally lack­ing right now is size, but I think we’re go­ing to make up for it in a lot of other ar­eas. We have some re­ally le­git­i­mate play­ers. How quickly they all come to­gether, I don’t know, but I’m pretty ex­cited from what I’ve seen so far in prac­tice.”

Ge­or­gia North­west­ern will re­turn three play­ers from last year’s team that climbed as high as No. 6 in the USCAA Di­vi­sion II na­tional polls and fin­ished the year at 11-8. Han­nah Carr (

will be back to play both at shoot­ing guard and on the wing. Stephen­son said Carr is one of the team’s most im­proved play­ers since the sum­mer and she will be counted on even more for pro­duc­tion in her sopho­more cam­paign.

Mia Clark ( fresh off a sea­son of vol­ley­ball with the Lady Bob­cats, will re­turn to the back­court as both a point guard and shoot­ing guard. Clark will serve as a team cap­tain in her sopho­more sea­son.

/ Scott Herpst

The Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Lady Bob­cats are look­ing to im­prove on last year’s 11-win sea­son that saw them briefly crack the top 10 in the USCAA’S na­tional Di­vi­sion II poll.

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