“We’ve had a lot of positive things happen. We didn’t get off the bus for one of those losses, but they’re getting valuable experience. Last year’s bench is getting a lot more experience,” said first-year head coach Cindy Moore.
With Moore being new to the team, the girls are still on track for having a good, winning season.
Moore has worked as a basketball coach for 20 years. Beginning her coaching career at Etowah in 1987 as an assistant coach, Moore moved up to head coach of Coosa, Haralson County and now Cartersville. Moore was hired in June and said she had a long summer with the team.
“I have been in Cartersville’s gym many times as an opponent and it feels good to be on the other side. There’s a good tradition here and their expectations are already set high. I’m just excited to be a part of it all,” said Moore.
Moore said her style of coaching and emphasis on the court are very similar to that of the team’s former coach so the girls were able to adjust to her very quickly.
“I’m pretty similar to the prior coach, even though I may be more animated on the sidelines, but we’re similar on offense and defense,” Moore said.
At this point the teams’ top scorers are 5-foot-4 junior point guard Kaelyn Irby and 5-foot-11 senior post player Jazmine Baldwin. Irby currently averages 12 points a game and Baldwin averages 10.
Baldwin is also one of the top two defenders, along with 5-foot-9 junior small forward Maya Jones, both averaging six rebounds a night.
Another prominent defender, according to Moore, is 5-foot-7 junior shooting guard Hallie Wachsmuth.
“She’s usually on the other team’s best guard. She’s very smart on the court and works hard,” said Moore.
For this season Moore said the team’s goals are to compete hard every night and make it to the state playoffs.