And since girls’ basketball is no different when it comes to pressing on-court issues, coaches hope to have these shortcomings resolved by the start of the season.
The correction process either began or continued last week during the basketball camp held at Clayton State University from June 25 through 29.
Drew, Jonesboro, Langston Hughes, Morrow, Tri-Cities and Westlake were all at the final team camp this summer at CSU.
While the focus wasn’t on the scoreboard, it was on working out the respective kinks.
“The main thing for them to understand is that they are going to have to be the floor leaders even though they are so young,” Westlake coach Hilda Hankerson said. “Their experience as far as knowledge of the game will have to be much more prevalent than most kids their age.”
Hankerson, the winner of more than 400 games, also gave this example.
“I told them you all have got to learn the game,” she said. “If a team goes to a spread offense, they can’t wait for me to call for a foul to stop the clock. They got to be smart enough as sophomores to know to foul.”
Meanwhile, Langston Hughes coach Borato Broughton would like to see continued improvement in the Lady Panthers’ win column.
“We have to prove ourselves to attract some talent and improve with helping each other on defense,” he said.
Over at Morrow, new head coach Anthony McKissic Sr. hopes his team will remain consistent for four quarters.
“I would like to see us execute and finish better,” he said. “We start off great but we don’t finish great.”
However, the outside shooting of Deja Jackson and inside scoring of Shadarian Beasley, who are both rising seniors, were impressive.
“I don’t know anybody who can stop Shadarian when she is on her game,” McKissic said. “We’re working on different post moves instead of just having one. Right now, she is just being real big and physical. I’m trying to teach her how to be finesse and fundamental, and not just overpower people.”
Meanwhile, Jonesboro, which is returning most of its key players, hopes to return to the Final Four.
“We just want to keep what we got going,” assistant coach John Bishop said. “Last year was a fabulous season.”