Basketball campers learn skills on the court and off

Published 1:23 pm Tuesday, August 1, 2023

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By Kat Woodruff-Carter

Davie High Intern

The Davie girls basketball program team held its third day of camp on July 26. The theme was Neon Day.

They started the day with stretching as a team, followed by a fun game for team-building work.

Then they split into stations. Station One was run by senior Malayka Rankin and sophomore Bailey Aderhold. The girls worked on toughness, and ran Florida Gator drills.

Station Two was run by sophomore Makenzie Gentry and freshman Vivian Vaughters.  Girls learned types of passing, everything from chest passes to overhead passes. They even started a challenge to get the first group of partners to 10.

Vaughters started playing basketball in eighth grade at South Davie Middle. She loves the bigger crowd and the faster pace. She prefers playing defense, and loves volunteering at camp because of the kids and her ability to teach them new things.

At Station Three, senior Kenadi Gentry and freshmen Emmie Burris ran the ball-handling station. Senior Peyton Spaugh and freshman Madison Daugherty were trainers for the day and taught the kids to do eight-minute AMRAP workouts.

Station Five had freshman Londyn McDowell teaching them to do contact layups.

Station Six was run by freshman Hayden Guvura, who coached them through one-on-one zigzags and mirror drills.

Children from kindergarten through second grade also learned some basketball skills. Kaylee Richardson, Maddie Ratledge, Kate Nicholson, Brittyn Carrier and Hannah McMillian all helped out on this side of the camp.

McMillian said she loves being someone the kids look up to and hopes they will follow in her footsteps. This is McMillian’s first full season since tearing her ACL at West Forsyth. She can’t wait to play defense again for Davie.

The K-2 children worked on dribbling with one hand, hand-eye coordination and proper form for activities like shooting. They also played fun games like Sharks and Minnows to work on holding the ball close to their chest.

Coach Lindsey Adams joined the Davie in 2020 and is excited to start her forth year at Davie and her sixth year of being a basketball coach. She hopes the camp will spark an interest in basketball. She also tries to introduce skills that these students will be able to practice by themselves.

Her favorite thing about basketball is the life lessons of discipline, accountability and mental toughness. The advice she has to anyone looking to start and play basketball is to be quick and not overthink.

The camp lasted from July 24-27. Adams closed the camp by handing out awards.

In the K-2 division, the award winners were Elizabeth Porter (most improved), Kinsley Wilson (War Eagle Award) and Ella Griffin (MVP).

In the third-fifth division, the winners were Macie Miller (most improved), Rhaelyn Stephens (War Eagle Award) and Stella Brock (MVP).

And in the middle school division, the winners were Layla Hazlip (most improved), Makayla Brooks (War Eagle Award) and Gracie Shore (MVP).