Basketball players from the Riverview Middle and Dawson County Middle schools girls' teams came together last week to attend summer basketball camp in preparation for the upcoming year.
Local rec basketball coach and assistant girls' soccer coach for Dawson County Middle School Mark Anglin took the group to the Seventh Annual North Georgia Summer Showdown in Banks County.
"This was the first opportunity for these girls to play together as eighth graders and we only had two practices where all seven girls were present at the same time...we had our work cut out for us."
With middle school players previously divided between the two Dawson County middle schools, this was an opportunity to combine teams in preparation for the opening of Dawson County Junior High School where all of the eighth graders will play together.
Anglin usually runs a summer conditioning camp free of charge and felt like this year was an opportunity to do more, particularly with the change that is coming.
"While fundamental training and conditioning is important it is equally important to be playing games to develop instinct and increase their basketball IQ," Anglin said.
Seven girls attended the three day event where they were able to play 10 games facing teams from around North Georgia and North Carolina.
"The girls improved and started to gel as a team with each game they played and they played some very tough competition," he said.
The team went 6-4 during the camp but Anglin felt they really began to make progress by the ninth game when they faced a tough Towns County group. Despite the loss, Anglin was proud of the effort.
"While they could have come out in the second half and just lay down and give into the exhaustion and defeat, the Lady Tigers came out with more heart than I may have ever witnessed in a basketball team," he said.
"It was truly an outstanding team effort all around."
The girls that attended this year's camp were: Annsley Anglin, Madison Anglin, Isabella Henson, Olivia Pierce, Shyla Sheffield, Kenzie Smith and Olivia Walls.
"These seven young ladies have made the commitment to be ready for the upcoming middle school season and I believe that they will be strong contenders this year."