by Hale Hughes
Woodville Boys finished fourth in District 22 and beat Big Sandy last week 53-57 in a warm-up game as they head to postseason play to take on Hempstead in Bi-District Tilt. Head coach Lane Shands has his Eagle team ready and Woodville looks solid as they prepare to take on district champion Hempstead. Confidence is high right now with the Eagles and their primary short-term goal of making the playoffs is now a reality. The Eagles fought diligently this year for a playoff spot in what is traditionally known as one of the toughest teams in state, with Buna currently holding a number eight state ranking to their credit. "Getting in the playoffs is all that matters," said Shands. "Now we have the same opportunity as everyone else and it's a whole new season and level playing surface for everyone who qualified." Now it's time to see just what the Eagles will do with their hard earned playoff opportunity.
District 22 champ Woodville girls face Crockett (the District 21 winner) with a showdown with the winner of Teague and Franklin on the line to decide who goes to the Regional Tournament. Woodville's girls are ranked number 13 in state according to Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) and head coach Troy Carrell has the Lady Eagles firing on all cylinders this post season. It's been several years since Woodville has advanced to the regional tournament, and if this team can take care of business and block out distractions, the sky's the limit for our Lady Eagles.
Last week's win over Rice Consolidated 58-33 in the area round was proof and put all of east Texas on notice that the Lady Eagles are the real deal this year. In the win over Rice, senior Bethany Mitchell led all scorers with 20 points and added ten rebounds to her game credits. Freshman Jordan Beaty added another 16 points with her efforts that contributed to Woodville's 58-point total. Beaty also garnered four offensive and four defensive rebounds to provide a solid game for Woodville down low. Jayda Argumon and Chelsie Sargent added eight and six points respectively.
Carrell said he has high expectations for this group this year and each player on the team strives to do their part to make the machine that is the Lady Eagles run smoothly. With each win, Woodville becomes more and more confident in their abilities and further strengthens the bond that each player shares with one another. Woodville's game with Crockett is scheduled for Tuesday evening at Livingston High School.