The Woodland boys kick off play Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. at New Manchester.
Woodland entertains North Paulding at its gym at 6 p.m. today in what is a “play-in game” to its region tournament.
The winner advances and will play Saturday night at East Paulding against New Manchester.
But that’s about as far ahead as Roberts wants to look, instead focusing the Lady Wildcats on what they must do to defeat a Lady Wolfpack team that has stepped up its play the past few weeks.
North Paulding is 6-19 overall and has a 2-13 record in 5A-AAAAA.
Since losing to Woodland, 53-38 on Jan. 22, the Lady Wolfpack fell 46-28 to Allatoona, was defeated in overtime, 54-45, by Paulding County, was beaten 52-41 by Rome and lost in overtime to East Paulding, 51-49.
Those close losses suggest it is better than that record. Also, North Paulding hung a 20-point loss on Woodland, 49-29, on Jan. 4.
It is scoring an average of 37 points and giving up 46 points per outing. That compares with Woodland’s 40 points scoring per game and surrendering 45 points.
North Paulding has Roberts’ attention and respect.
“They’re going to be tough,” he said. “They’re not going to walk in and say ‘Take it.’ They’ll be ready to go. We hope we’ll be ready to go. I know we will play hard.”
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