THOMASVILLE — The Thomas County Central girls basketball team will look a lot different in the 2019-20 season.

First, Lauren Duplantis has been named coach in the place of longtime coach Thomas McAboy. Duplantis, the Thomas County Schools’ district health and wellness coordinator, has been the girls basketball coach at Thomas County Middle School.

The Lady Jackets return an experienced backcourt combined with an exciting freshmen class.

Central’s starting guards, sophomore A’Maya Simon and senior Shanovia Williams, will be key to Central improving on its 3-21 season from a year ago.

Central’s lack of height could be a weakness in the paint. But the team’s success will hinge on how well it can get up and go on offense.

What Central’s coach may be most excited about, however, is the introduction of his freshman class to the varsity team. It’s a group that’s played a lot together and had success at the middle school level.

While the Lady Jackets will be improved, they’ll have a tough region to compete against in 1-AAAAA.

Central will open the season on Nov. 19 at home against Brooks County.

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