By Jordan Burton (For OzarksSportsZone.com)
Scott Womack is coming into his twenty ninth season at West Plains in what has been a historic profession with 537 wins and counting, 27 of which got here final 12 months as a part of the Woman Zizzers Candy 16 run.
West Plains loses three starters from that staff in All-Ozark Convention trio Cassidy Cunningham, Bre Harlan and Alli Holesapple. Whereas it will likely be a season of transition in some methods, Womack and assistant coach – and former West Plains/C of O star – Cass Johnson return a pair of starters and 9 complete letterwinners.
Main the Woman Zizzers would be the dynamic duo of MacKenzie Brunson and junior Ashton Judd. Brunson was the Ozark Convention Participant of the Yr and Judd was additionally an All-OC choose.
Brunson averaged 15 factors, 5 rebounds, three assists and three steals. She’s a two-time all-state choice. She’ll be a part of the 1,000-point membership this season and shall be a four-year starter.
“MacKenzie is a really good participant who all the time places herself in a superb place to achieve success,” stated Womack. “Actually stepped up final 12 months as a frontrunner for us. A kind of gamers that doesn’t wow you throughout sport however after sport her stat line will wow you.”
Judd is a 5-foot-9 ahead that averaged 12 factors and 7 rebounds.
“Ashton has labored extraordinarily laborious to place herself in place to be an amazing participant for us this 12 months,” stated Womack. “She will be able to rating in so some ways I search for her to guide us in scoring this 12 months.”
West Plains may even lean on a loaded sophomore class.
Drew Harris and Zoey Williams return after enjoying important minutes final 12 months. Each are super defensively however are additionally underrated offensively.
“Drew was our sixth man final 12 months as a freshman and will certainly must be a scorer across the basket for us this 12 months. She is a good athlete who works laborious on the defensive finish of the ground.
“Zoey is a hard-nosed athlete who can shoot the ball from three.”
Classmates Georgia Osborn, Kayley Dixon and Mary Claire Gohn will all add backcourt depth and may make perimeter jumpers.
Senior Jade Berry will add one other put up possibility and junior Peta Collins offers West Plains one other participant with defensive versatility.
Womack can be excited concerning the growth of Allyssa Joyner and Maddie Hughston. Standing 6-feet and 5-foot-8 respectively, each might see important varsity minutes this winter.
For West Plains, the problem shall be getting everybody acclimated following the most important commencement losses. There’s no scarcity of expertise in Zizzerland and, as all the time, they’ll determine into the championship races inside the convention and district.
“I believe it will be significant for this staff to study their roles and proceed to enhance all year long,” stated Womack. “They confirmed plenty of promise this summer season and at occasions we performed extraordinarily properly. With so many younger gamers we have to enhance on the defensive finish of the ground and instill that mentality all through the season. We may even want for a number of the youthful gamers to turn into scorers for us since we misplaced about 24 ppg from final 12 months’s staff.”
With a profession that has lined three a long time and a Corridor of Fame induction, Womack is West Plains Basketball. However even with the sustained success and years of service, he’s not given a lot thought as to when he’ll dangle up the whistle.
“I nonetheless actually take pleasure in teaching this group of gamers and so long as I nonetheless take pleasure in doing that I’ll proceed to teach,” stated Womack.
West Plains will open the 2020-21 season on Nov. 23 at Willow Springs.