Warrior squads ready for big year on the floor

  • Sasha Cannon and the Lady Warriors are looking to make their third straight trip to the Class AAAA tournament. (Photo/Mark Turner)
    Sasha Cannon and the Lady Warriors are looking to make their third straight trip to the Class AAAA tournament. (Photo/Mark Turner)
  • Reece Dockery  and the Warriors are aiming to return to state after missing the out last season. (Photo/Mark Turner)
    Reece Dockery and the Warriors are aiming to return to state after missing the out last season. (Photo/Mark Turner)
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With the recent news about White County High School moving down to Class AAA next year, the school's basketball teams are tipping off their final season as part of Region 7-AAAA.

Both of the squads have high hopes entering the final year in Class AAAA, with a run at a region title and a trip to the state tournament at the top of the to-do list.

The Lady Warriors have made the state tournament for the past two years, falling in the opening round both times.

“We definitely want to get back to state; it would be the third year in a row, but we don't want to get make the tournament, we want to go all the way,” Lady Warrior head coach Jarvis Davenport. “That's always our expectation.”

The Warriors, under second-year head coach Wade Mawedesley are looking to get back to the big dance after missing the state tournament last year.

Mawdesley is excited about the future of the Warrior program after having his first off-season with the team.

“There's a huge difference,” Mawdesley said comparing his first season to this season. “The nice part is the kids understand the terminology and what we are trying to do. We're trying to build habits, and they know what to expect. It's been a night and day difference in our preparation.”

Through the first week of the season, the Warriors are off to a 1-1 start after splitting games with Lumpkin County and Tallulah Falls, while the Lady Warriors are still looking to get into the win column for the first time after losses to Lumpkin County and West Forsyth.