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24 games in two weeks
Ladies prepare against tough competition
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Senior Morgan Huber inbounds the basketball in a game against St. Pius last Wednesday. Huber and her teammates have played 24 games in the last two weeks as part of a team camp at Pickens County High School. - photo by Pam Jacobs Dawson Community News

The Dawson County High School Lady Tiger basketball team participated in a camp for the second week in a row at Pickens County High School in Jasper last Monday through Wednesday.

Head Coach Steve Sweat and his team played a very competitive schedule against some of the top teams in the state.

"Playing teams like Dalton, Pope and Calhoun gave us a great idea about some of the things we are good at doing and some of the things we need to improve on," Sweat said.

"We started practicing the day after Memorial Day and will continue to practice and/or play throughout the month of June. We had practice only the first week after school let out. But in the last two weeks we have played 24 games(varsity and junior varsity) in the Pickens County Lady Nettes Basketball Camp," Sweat said.

Sweat said all of the practices are paying off.

"All of the practices and games really help our girls become better players. It especially helps the freshmen coming up from our middle schools. It is a big jump from middle school to high school basketball. Summer ball helps get them involved with the veteran players before the actual season starts in the winter," Sweat said.

The team has been able to work on fundamentals, plays and team chemistry during the last three weeks.

"It was also a very positive two weeks of games because we were able to win more than we lost," Sweat said.

"It takes a great deal of motivation to get up early in the summer and come to the gym. The girls have all had great attitudes about wanting to get better individually and as a team. This is also a time when we can move people around and try different positions and combinations," Sweat said.

Overall, this year's team will be pretty young. At this point, the team only has two returning seniors, Morgan Huber and Kim Wallace.

"Overall, we have had good success in our games and we have seen good improvements from our players. We will continue to practice and play this month because we will be young next year," Sweat said.

The team will finish the summer games with a camp at Georgia College in Milledgeville from June 27-29.