Evident by their appearance in the state semi-finals game against Bountiful, Woods Cross was one half away from possibly facing East in the 4A state finals.
But a loss to the Braves ended their season one game too soon, and much of the team is now gone from that year.
The team will not be without a few familiar names this season, however, as coach Todd Street said his new laid out plans will call for a different scheme on the floor this season.
“Last year we had a few big players, so we could play the half court without having any problems,” he said. “With most of the size gone from the team, we’re going to have to play a full-court game.
“We’ll have to play up-tempo with a pressure defense because we’re a bit smaller.”
This year’s squad will include returners Sean Barton, Hayden Grant and Skyler Farnes. The trio played in all 24 games for Woods Cross last season and are expected to do some different things with the team this year.
“Sean and Skyler have some pretty good size,” said Street. “They’ll be expected to hit the floor and guard some of the taller, bigger kids.
“Their physicality will help them be able to do that.”
Grant, according to Street, has a big motor and is a tenacious player when he hits the floor, something Street likes to see.
“He really goes after it,” he said. “He doesn’t stop and I like that.”
Brady Cowley, Filipo Mokofisi, and Luke Hansen are also expected to do big things for Woods Cross, specifically due to the trio’s height.
“(Mokofisi and Hansen) are the two tallest players we have on the team,” said Street. “I’ve seen a lot of good things from Luke; he’s become a pretty physical presence when he hits the floor.
“Filipo is a very gifted athlete. He has a lot of size, but for his height he’s a very good passer and really quick.”
Cowley, according to Street, is a very strong shooter on the team that could, if called to do so, score a lot of points for the Wildcats.
An incoming sophomore to watch for this season will be Luke Jowers.
Jowers, although young, is still a very physical player in the eyes of Street. He mentioned his ability to move the ball to be an asset to the team in the upcoming year.
“We have 11 games to really figure out where we’re going to put guys,” said Street. “We look young, but we have a very strong team with good talent and that’ll take us pretty far.”
The Wildcats open up the season against American Fork Wednesday.
That game will be played at the UCCU Center at Utah Valley University and tip off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.