The one thing coaches Stacie Terbush and Janice Hardwick wanted more than anything with their camp this summer was to give the young attendees in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of basketball. They wanted them to walk away from the camp with a sound understanding of the right and wrong ways to play basketball, something they feel is very important to coach them on while they are still young and learning. It is their job as coaches to mold these young women into future all-stars and that is what they set out to do each year.
In that respect, the young ladies camp that wrapped up earlier this month was a huge success.
Overall, 50 girls between grades 2-7 participated in this year’s camp, and all 50 improved their fundamentals tremendously with the help of Terbush and Hardwick and the high school Lady Bulldog basketball team. The girls focused on basic defensive and offensive drills, dribbling, passing, shooting and the all-important ball handling drills.
A lot of the young ladies who attended this camp only knew the very basics of basketball, but when it was all said and done and they all left the gym went home to enjoy their summer break, they did so with a much deeper knowledge of how to make the most out of their particular skill sets.
While the younger girls may have gone home, the Altus Lady Bulldogs Junior High and High School teams left for Cache and Elk City to compete in camps of their own.
Coach Christy Scott, seventh-grade girls’ basketball, teamed up with Terbush to instruct the junior high girls while Hardwick teamed up with Terbush to coach the high school girls.
While at these camps, both teams played 3-4 games per day against various teams from Oklahoma and Texas. The main focus of this camp was to work on game strategies and different offensive and defensive schemes the teams might employ throughout their season. They wanted to get a feel for how certain packages would work as compared to others and overall, the camp impressed Terbush quite a bit.
“The girls did very, very well,” said Terbush. “I was very pleased with the hard work that every girl put in and their dedication to developing their game. I am expecting great things for the upcoming season.”
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.