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WAKE FOREST — Clinton Williams find some success with his former Rolesville squad after being their girls basketball head coach for the past five seasons. He will try to carry that to a declining Wake Forest team.
Williams led the Rams to a program-record 19 wins last year. In that same season, Rolesville swept Wake Forest in the regular season.
As Rolesville’s head coach, Williams has guided his team to an overall record of 8-3 against Wake Forest. Now Williams will try to help a team he has played against for five years.
“Switching schools was an adjustment for me,” Williams said. “I had pretty good squads at Rolesville. This year’s Wake Forest team is young and energetic. We have a lot of enthusiasm coming into the season.”
Wake Forest has not had a winning season since 2013. The Cougars went 5-18 last year.
This season, Wake Forest has started out 0-3, with their most recent loss coming from Enloe when they were beaten 56-45 on the road Tuesday.
Wake Forest only has one senior on this year’s roster with three returning starters. Williams said he has to lay down the foundations for a team not used to winning.
“Because of our youth, we have to learn how to compete to win games,” Williams said. “I tell my players all the time it’s the small things that add up to the bigger picture. So the process of learning how to win is going to be a key focus area for us this year.”
Wake Forest does have a bright spot on the team in Amina Miles. The sophomore is averaging 8.5 points and 12 rebounds per game this year. She averaged 6.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game as a freshman on varsity last season.
Williams also mentioned freshman Savannah Goodwin, a promising young talent. He said Wake Forest will rely heavily on their two underclassmen this year.
“Amina Miles is 6-feet tall with the skill to play inside and outside of the paint,” Williams said. “She is a gifted rebounder and shot blocker. Savannah Goodwin is extremely athletic. Once her skill catches up with her athleticism, she is going to be extremely tough to handle.”
Wake Forest still has some work to do with seven games left in December. Then the Cougars will kick off NAC 6 conference play against Williams’ former team Rolesville Jan. 17 at home.
“We want to get better and better each game,” Williams said. “As my players play more games, their learning curve with increase. This will help us as we transition into conference play.”
Wake Forest will play D.H. Conley at home Saturday at 2 p.m.