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Girls learn basics at basketball camp
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Coach Tina Brown works with Chloe Thurmond during camp last week at the Rock Creek Park gymnasium. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

Up and coming Dawson County Lady Tigers took the court last week for the Fun-damental Basketball Camp at Rock Creek Park.

Girls ages 5 to 14 took part in a week long camp to work on advanced motor skills, hand-eye coordination and learning the fundamentals of basketball under the direction of camp directors and middle school coaches Jonathan Tinsley and Tina Brown.

Two other middle school coaches, Nichole Green and Steven Moates, also help with the camp that has been going on for more than 20 years.

"It's fun to watch them when they come from this group, when we have had them you know for three, four or five years and they are middle schoolers over there and see how much better they do," Tinsley said.

The girls were divided up by age and coaches worked with them on drills as well as some scrimmage time.

"We really stress fundamentals at our camps," Brown said.

Regardless of the players' experience level, the camp aims to make them better players by maintaining that focus on the essentials of the game.

"It's really good, just introducing this stuff to the kids," Tinsley said.

At the end of the camp the girls participated in competitions and were given awards.

Trinity Bearden and Olivia Walls both won the hotshot and free throw competitions. Jaci Wilson and Grace McCarthy were this year's one-on-one winners. Lauren Harper was named best camper.

The boys' fundamental camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon the week of June 20-24.