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Habersham Hoops Ready for 2016-17

It’s a new year for both the Raiders and Lady Raiders basketball programs, as both look to make large strides in the 2016-17 season in a new region.

Coach John Hood enters his eighth season as head coach of the girls, while Don Ledbetter is in his tenth in control of the boys program. Habersham will play in its fourth different region in six years, going from 8-AAAA to 6-AAAAAA to 7-AAAAAA, and finally to 8-AAAAAA.

Lady Raiders

Last season the girls went 10-15 overall, and 3-15 in region play. Outside of region play in 2015-16, the Lady Raiders were outstanding. Senior Lainey Gosnell returns this year after a stellar junior year that saw her average 19 points and 10 rebounds per game. Gosnell is a four-year starter who has already eclipsed 1,000 career points. She was an all-state selection last year, and has since committed to Appalachian State.

Returning starters Kiley Blackburn and McKenzie McDuffie also help solidify a team that has the pieces needed to put together a good run. The region might be more manageable for the Lady Raiders, but powerhouse teams like Gainesville and Winder-Barrow (state runner-up in 2016) will prove to be tough to displace this year. Seven Lady Raider seniors will look to lead this team.

So far, the girls are off to a hot start with a 55-8 win over Johnson on the road.

SCHEDULE

DATE TIME OPPONENT LOCATION
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 06:00 PM Hab vs. Johnson Away
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 07:00 PM Hab vs. Franklin Away
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 04:00 PM Hab vs. White Home
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 06:00 PM Hab vs. Chestatee Away
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 06:00 PM Hab vs. Madison Away
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 04:30 PM Hab vs. Dawson Home
Fri, Dec 02, 2016 07:00 PM Hab vs. Chestatee Home
Sat, Dec 03, 2016 06:00 PM Hab vs. Stephens Away
Tue, Dec 06, 2016 06:00 PM Hab vs. West oak SC Away
Fri, Dec 09, 2016 07:00 PM Hab vs. Franklin Home
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 04:00 PM Hab vs. White Away
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 06:00 PM Hab vs. West oak SC Home
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 06:00 PM Hab vs. Stephens Home
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 06:00 PM Hab vs. Dawson Away
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 06:00 PM Hab vs. Madison Home
Fri, Jan 06, 2017 07:00 PM Hab vs. Lanier Home
Sat, Jan 07, 2017 06:00 PM Hab vs. Gainesville Away
Tue, Jan 10, 2017 06:00 PM Hab vs. Appalachee Away
Fri, Jan 13, 2017 07:00 PM Hab vs. Dacula Home
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 06:00 PM Hab vs. Winder Home
Fri, Jan 20, 2017 07:00 PM Hab vs. Lanier Away
Tue, Jan 24, 2017 06:00 PM Hab vs. Gainesville Home
Fri, Jan 27, 2017 07:00 PM Hab vs. Appalachee Home
Tue, Jan 31, 2017 06:00 PM Hab vs. Dacula Away
Fri, Feb 03, 2017 06:00 PM Hab vs. Winder Away

Raiders

Coach Ledbetter’s Raiders went 5-20 last year and 3-15 in the region, finishing in 10th place. The Raiders are looking to punch a ticket to the state playoffs, which is something they haven’t done in many years. A step in the right direction would be hitting double-digits in the win column for the first time since the 2011-12 season (18-7 record).

Habersham only returns one starter, but they have a height advantage inside with junior Caleb Hodges and senior Austin Frady. Senior Michael Babers will use his athleticism to help on the wing as well.

SCHEDULE

DATE TIME OPPONENT LOCATION
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 06:00 PM Hab vs. Johnson Away
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 07:00 PM Hab vs. Franklin Away
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 04:00 PM Hab vs. White co Home
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 06:00 PM Hab vs. Chestatee Away
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 06:00 PM Hab vs. Madison Away
Fri, Dec 02, 2016 07:00 PM Hab vs. Chestatee Home
Sat, Dec 03, 2016 06:00 PM Hab vs. Stephens Away
Tue, Dec 06, 2016 06:00 PM Hab vs. West Oak SC Away
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 06:00 PM Hab vs. Stephens Home
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 06:00 PM Hab vs. Dawson Away
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 06:00 PM Hab vs. Madison Home
Fri, Jan 06, 2017 07:00 PM Hab vs. Lanier Home
Sat, Jan 07, 2017 06:00 PM Hab vs. Gainesville Away
Tue, Jan 10, 2017 06:00 PM Hab vs. Appalachee Away
Fri, Jan 13, 2017 07:00 PM Hab vs. Dacula Home
Tue, Jan 17, 2017 06:00 PM Hab vs. Winder Home
Fri, Jan 20, 2017 07:00 PM Hab vs. Lanier Away
Tue, Jan 24, 2017 06:00 PM Hab vs. Gainesville Home
Fri, Jan 27, 2017 07:00 PM Hab vs. Appalachee Home
Tue, Jan 31, 2017 06:00 PM Hab vs. Dacula Away
Fri, Feb 03, 2017 06:00 PM Hab vs. Winder Away
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