Woods earnes weekly honor

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Pleasant Home’s Raven Woods (21) earned this week’s Star-News Player of the Week honors. Woods scored 23 points last Tuesday in her team’s win over Kinston and added 14 points in a 59-47 loss to Geneva County on Friday. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Raven Woods knows what it takes to be a leader.

The Pleasant Home guard, who is one of three seniors on the Lady Eagles’ basketball team, said to be a leader, one must know how to deliver “constructive criticism” to the younger players.

“You just have to be able to lead the younger girls and make sure they know that you’re not going to yell at them — that you’re trying to help them,” Woods said.

In addition to her leadership on the court, Woods has helped the Lady Eagles on the scoring end of things as well.

She put up a 23-point night against Kinston last Tuesday and scored 14 points in a 59-47 loss to Geneva County to earn The Star-News’ Player of the Week honors.

When asked what it’s like to be one of the leaders for the team, Woods said it can get daunting.

“It can be stressful at times, but we’ve (the seniors) got to keep our composure that way,” she said. “Because, if you yell at them, then they’re going to get discouraged. Constructive criticism helps.”

Some things during games aren’t worth addressing, too, Woods said.

“You have to know what to address and not to address,” she said.

Now that games are counting down to the post season, Woods said her mindset each game is to play it like its her last.

“It’s my senior year,” she said. “We just want to give it all we have.”

Raven is the daughter of Wanda and Kennedy Woods of Andalusia.