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Lady Tigers work together during team camps
Girls Camp pic
Sophomore Kaylee Sticker gets set for the jump ball during basketball camp last week at the University of North Georgia. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The Dawson County High School Lady Tigers basketball teams are in the midst of a busy June.

The group has just come off two weeks of camps and is headed into their third this week in Jefferson.

June 7-9 the teams, including as many as 21 girls, traveled to Georgia College in Milledgeville for three days of games.

"Camp was fun again," said Head Coach Steve Sweat. "From the bus ride, walking to games, and walking to eat, it was fun getting to bond with everybody. Counting JV and varsity, we played 16 games in three days."

Over the three days the teams were able to get back to basketball while working on conditioning and relationship building.

They were able to face teams from Athens, Sequoyah and Thomasville among others, according to Sweat.

"Going to team camp is beneficial because the girls and coaches get to know each other better, we get to play a lot of basketball in a short period of time and we get a head start on what we need to work on for next year," Sweat said.

The teams returned late on June 9 and went back to work with practice the following Monday before beginning camp for three days at the University of North Georgia.

During that camp they were able to play another nine games against the likes of North Oconee, Archer, Loganville, Johns Creek, Coahulla Creek and Cambridge.

"One of the main things I have liked is that we have made improvements individually and as a team. The biggest thing we are missing is varsity level game-time experience," Sweat said.

"Remember we graduated a big group of seniors last year. Kaylee Sticker is the only player we have from last year that started on the varsity," he said.

Sweat wants to see a reduction in turnovers, especially of the unforced variety. He is also looking for better overall shot selection.

"There's a fine line between individual improvement and team improvement. If you are improving as an individual, we are probably going to be improving as a team," Sweat said.

"It goes together but yet it has to be worked on separate. You need to be improving on those individual things because next year when the games start, we have got to concentrate on games."

After camp this week, the teams will have one more practice and a team lunch to celebrate the end of summer practices.