This year will open at home against Bowdon tonight at 7 p.m., but HC will be without Ciera Champion, who led the team's late surge into and in the Region 6-AAA Tournament. Three of the Rebelettes' five wins came in the final five games in the season, including the first round of the region tournament.
Not only did the Rebelettes lose Champion, who will suit up for Shorter's softball team in the spring, they do so with a lot of youth. Williamson returns two seniors and two juniors, with the rest being sophomores and freshmen — 11 freshmen to be exact.
In seniors Mahogany Harris and Skye Overby, along with juniors Madison Horton and Maci Campbell, the leadership and experience will be valuable.
The Rebelettes will be competing in a new region this year, Region 4-AAA, with only Central returning from last year's region. Joining HC and the Lady Lions are Callaway, Chapel Hill, Coretta Scott King, Jackson of Atlanta and Douglass. Gone are the Carrollton, Troup and LaGrange powers and only Chapel Hill comes in as a state tournament team from 2011-12.
Other than Chapel Hill and Central — which won 11 games last year — Douglass, Jackson and Rockmart all won only six games, while Callaway won five and Coretta Scott King is a first-year program.
Following tonight's season opener, the Rebelettes will travel to South Paulding on Saturday before hosting three home games next week.
Williamson could not be reached for comment as of press time Thursday evening.