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Lady Tigers host skills camp for young players
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Senior Marlie Townley teaches proper rebounding techniques to a group of girls on June 13 at the Lady Tigers Fun-damental skills camp. - photo by Bob Christian

Dawson County’s husband and wife coaching duo Carly and Will Anglin hosted the Lady Tigers Fun-damental Basketball Camp between June 10-14 at Rock Creek Park. The camp has become an annual fixture at the park but, for the Anglins, it is only their second year directing the program.

“We took over a couple of years ago, this being our second year,” Will Anglin said. “And this year we are way more prepared.”

The camp is designed to teach the fundamentals of basketball such as dribbling, ball handling, shooting and agility to girls from 6-14 years old.

The Anglins bring a considerable amount of experience to the camp as they both played for Dawson County High School between 2010-2013. Both were honored as members of the 7-AAA all-region team during their senior year, while Carly was also recognized as the Player of the Year.

Carly went on to play basketball for another four years at UNG, and they both returned to Dawson County last summer to begin their coaching careers with their alma mater.

For this year’s camp the Anglins enlisted the help of a group of Lady Tigers who gladly donated their time to teach the 17 girls that arrived at camp.

“It has been really nice to have the high school girls this year,” Carly Anglin said. “We have been a lot more organized and able to break the kids down into stations.”

 “We had more kids last year that hadn’t played basketball,” Will said. “But this year it seemed like a lot were familiar with the game, so we were able to teach them a bit more.”

Seniors Marlie Townley and Sophia D’Olveira along with junior Maddie Anglin and sophomore Emma Pelfrey were able to work with the children in small groups and provide a more hands on approach that Carly Anglin felt was more beneficial to the campers.

“90 percent of these kids are lacking in footwork,” Carly Anglin said. “Eventually they will learn how to shoot, learn how to dribble, but we have an excellent chance to teach them footwork this week.”

In between drills the kids play different types of basketball games (3 on 3, HORSE, etc.) to let them build the skills in a fun environment and the camp ends with a competition day in which campers compete for a variety of awards in categories such as best free-throw shooter, a one-on-one competition, and best camper.

The Anglins will be hosting the Tigers Fun-damental Basketball Camp at Rock Creek Park June 24-28.

For more information contact Coach Carly Anglin at (706)429-3753 or by email at canglin@forsyth.k12.ga.us.