Craig Harris/Macon County Times Saranda Woodson was the District 8-AA Most Improved Player last season as a sophomore at Watertown High School.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Saranda Woodson was the District 8-AA Most Improved Player last season as a sophomore at Watertown High School.

Saranda Woodson was a Purple Tiger.

Now, she's a Tigerette.

The rising junior has traded in her purple-clad basketball uniform for blue, having recently transferred from Watertown High to Macon County High School.

"The way the girls act is so much different," Woodson said. "The winning mentality is great. It's great to be a part of it. It helps me as a person ... and they're great athletes too."

Both games between the two programs were lopsided victories for Macon County last season, with the Tigerettes winning by scores of 90-46 and 89-40. Woodson scored a team-high 14 points in the second meeting, after scoring two points on just four field-goal attempts in the earlier contest.

Woodson was a Third Team 8-AA All-District selection last season, and she was selected as the 8-AA Most Improved Player. She led the team in both scoring and rebounding.

"I can play inside-outside," Woodson said. "I think I work hard and want to push to try to be better. I could also be better and do stuff to get better."

Macon County head coach Larry White expects Woodson to play on the interior primarily.

"She'll be a really good rebounder, and she's really, really aggressive on defense," White said. "She just adds another dimension."

The Tigerettes are guard-heavy, with senior Marah King being the only true post player in the regular rotation last season. Classmates McKaylee Mix and Keeley Carter can play both inside and outside, and Woodson's arrival may allow Mix to play more on the perimeter.

"She'll add so much depth to us," White said. "That will help us tremendously."

Senior teammate Jamie Ashburn added, "We're predominantly a guard-oriented team. We're all excited about it. She's a big post and is strong. We have Marah and (others), but to have another one, we're all really excited about it."

Woodson transferred due to the expansion of her father's business, prompting the family to move to the area.

She's looking forward to competing as part of a program that has made three consecutive appearances in Class AA State Tournament. Macon County finished as the state runner-up in 2018 and was ousted in the semifinals by eventual state champion Cheatham County in March.

"It's a great opportunity," Woodson said. "Being able to be a part of that is life-changing.

"I hope we win state obviously. Individually, I want to become the best player I can be and help others become better too, to do my part in that."

Woodson first practiced with the Tigerettes last week.

"It's (goals) to get better individually," Woodson said. "The team bonding ... they don't bring anything from the outside. They focus on basketball. They focus on what needs to be done. It's good."

Ashburn added, "She's really physical. She's really aggressive. She's a post who can handle the ball. We're really excited about it."

However, the Purple Tigers struggled to a 9-19 overall record and a 3-11 mark in 8-AA play, placing sixth among the eight teams in 8-AA during the regular season.

Woodson also played softball at Watertown, but she hasn't decided whether she'll play softball at Macon County, indicating that running track and field could be an option in the spring.

Woodson moved to Watertown from Colorado in third grade.

"It was very tough (leaving Watertown)," Woodson said. "They were very upset that I was leaving because I had been there so long. It was very hard to say goodbye. It was very emotional."

White will get his first in-game, competitive look at Woodson when the team competes at its first summer camp at Middle Tennessee State University from Wednesday through Friday. Then, Macon County plays in a camp at Lebanon from Sunday through Tuesday. Then, the team will compete in another camp at MTSU from June 17-18 and again from June 20-21.

"We want to see her with us," White said. "We think she's going to fit in well."