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Defensive specialist

Woodall fills key role for Towner-Granville-Upham

January 22, 2010
Matt Mullally

Granville's Maggie Woodall is not the tallest, or most experienced inside player around, but the 5-7 sophomore has a knack for getting the job done.

That job is providing Towner-Granville-Upham's girls basketball team a steady rebounder and defender in the post.

"She's one of those blue collar-type players,' said Titans co-coach Malcolm Marcus said. "She works hard and has done a nice job (rebounding for us)."

Woodall came off the bench last season, but has moved into a starting role this season and that varsity time has given her the confidence to fill a key role.

"You have to be tough and can't get pushed around,' Woodall said. "You have to think fast to get in position for a rebound, or to defend the basket."

While some players prefer the offensive side of the game, Maggie is more comfortable playing defense. She welcomes the challenge of trying to stop someone from scoring.

"It's the best way I can help the team,' she said.

Maggie isn't called upon to provide a lot of scoring, but she's capable of knocking down a shot when she gets an open look.

"If I can set my feet and get time to shoot I usually make it,' she said.

However, those opportunities come up just a few times a game and Woodall knows she needs to become a more consistent scorer near the basket.

"I have to learn not to be afraid to take the ball to the basket more,' she said. "Use my quickness to get shots off."

The offensive side of her game will eventually come with more practice and game experience.

For now, her primary role is to be effective on the defensive end, and she's doing a fine job, Marcus said.

"She's often battling bigger, older girls and she's hung in there,' he said. "She's only going to improve with time,' he said.



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