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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.

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