Women's basketball team looks to return to national tournament

Women's basketball team looks to return to national tournament

It may be hard to believe, but basketball season is upon us. The West Georgia Technical College Golden Knights are hoping that the momentum and experience gained during last year's improbable run to the National Tournament will carry forward to this upcoming season.

The Golden Knights women's team, under the direction of second-year head coach Alford Williams, has its sights set on returning to the national stage. Last season's team, while only 9-18 overall, finished sixth  in the nation and laid claim to the NJCAA District G Championship with a stunning victory over fourth-ranked Montgomery County (Md). The previous year, the Golden Knights placed fourth in the country. This year's group hopes to make it three straight trips to the National Tournament.

Four veterans return for the 2017-18 campaign. Victoria Kennedy (G, LaGrange – LaGrange), Jaylen Mobley (F, Adel – Cook) and Chase Parker (G, Newnan – Heritage) played last season. Kia Jefferson (F, Dallas – East Paulding), a starter two seasons ago, returns after sitting out last season. All have experience as starters and will be expected to play a larger role this year.

West Georgia Tech competes at the Division III level of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA). While Division III is non-scholarship, the bulk of the Golden Knight's schedule is against NJCAA Division I opponents from Georgia and Alabama who are able to provide athletic scholarships.  The 2017-18 campaign tips on the road Wednesday against one of those Division I opponents: Southern Union.

Coach Williams' squad will open the home schedule Saturday when the junior varsity of Brenau comes to town. Tip is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Oak Mountain Academy.