The Winder-Barrow Lady Doggs basketball team continued a productive summer by participating in the long-established T&F Basketball Camp held at Reinhardt College.
The Lady Bulldoggs endured a tough season last year with only four wins.
“Last year’s team expected to take its lumps as a large group of sophomores anchored a program that is determined to build itself into a contender,” said coach Brandon Thomas. “This summer, the focus has been to develop more individual offensive skills while working to put those skills into practice in competition.”
The T&F camp provides a unique setting in which teams and players can improve dramatically, the coach said.
The Lady Bulldogg players participated in 21 games. This is the second year the team has attended the 35 year-old-camp.
As a sign of progress, the Lady Doggs brought home some individual and team hardware.
“Most important was the team winning the highly motivated award over all the other teams at camp,” Thomas said. “Several individuals were able to bring home awards as well.”
Junior Adriana Davis and eighth grader Olivia Nelson-Ododa advanced to the quarterfinals and semifinals of the campwide 1-on-1 tournament.
Senior Shea Mayweather advanced to the finals of the 1-on-1, bringing home the runner-up award.
Sophomore Tiera Mayweather won the “Super Shooter” competition against more than 100 other participants while Megan Allen had the third highest total in camp. Briana Sims helped her team win the 4-on-4 “shell competition.”
The WBHS girls wrapped up summer activities with a joint practice and scrimmage with neighboring North Oconee High School.
“Due to coaching relationships, both programs utilize similar coaching philosophies, drills, some and Xs and Os,” Thomas said.
“Therefore, players from both programs benefit by seeing each program work toward excellence on the court. While North Oconee wants to continue its dominance in region play, the Lady Bulldoggs are hoping their hard work will get the ball rolling toward success of their own. Next season’s team should have more experience and more confidence as it seeks to reach team goals.”