The final returning starter and the team’s other captain is sophomore Tori Harvey ( who will play mostly in the 3-spot, but who can also play either of the guard positions and has no problem rebounding and mixing it up in the paint.
“It’s always good to have some experienced players returning to the floor,” Stephenson said. “To have that core coming back and having them embrace all of the new players is really going to be good. So far everyone is bonding well and I think that has a lot to do with Hannah, Mia and Tori wanting to set the tone for the year early.”
The Lady Bobcats will have 10 total players on the roster and Stephenson said he anticipates all 10 getting playing time.
The freshman class starts with Emileigh Earley (
who can play the 2, 3 or the 4-spot. Earley has recovered from a knee injury and should be ready to go by the time the season tips off. In the backcourt, Abby Dalton ( is a natural shooter and scorer who Stephenson believes has the potential to have a very good season.
Jerriale Jackson ( has already earned the nickname “Stopper” for her strength and aggressiveness on defense. She will play at a 3 or 4-spot, while her former LFO High School teammate, Gracen Hobbs ( will also fill a role in a 3-spot and will be looking to provide some extra offense.
Katelyn O’toole ( will play in the post for the Lady Bobcats. O’toole has a physical style in the lane and has proven that she can score and rebound against bigger competition. The two final players, Destiny Willbanks ( and Connor Sullivan ( will also play down low for the Lady Bobcats and will be counted on to be leaders for the team in both rebounding and inside scoring.
Amber Weaver and Steve Ryan will be back to assist Stephenson on the bench this season.
Stephenson, with well over 500 total victories in his nearly 30-year coaching career, said his team has shown a lot of chemistry early on, which he considers a strength.
“They’re bonding together very quickly and that’s huge,” he said. “And having three people back on a team that had success last year, they want to build on that. Whether or not that will happen remains to be seen, but having those three back is going to help. The key is how quickly we can get those others to adjust to the college game.”
Georgia Northwestern’s home opener was scheduled to Tuesday (Nov. 6) at 6 p.m. at the Rossville Athletic Center against the Dalton State College club team.