Youngsters learn hoops at PHS camp

Published 7:27 am Friday, July 1, 2016

The Pine High School Basketball Camp featured 54 participants improving their basketball skills and going against each other in competitions.

“We’ve got 54 little ones — ages kindergarten through fifth grade,” Pine girls basketball coach Mary McGinnis said.

McGinnis said during the camp that they were having fun.

“We’re trying to teach them a little fundamentals about the game and they play some competition games at the end. We do some hot shot, knock out and different games with them at the end to try and teach them some skills,” McGinnis said.

The campers went to several stations each day, which taught them different skills involved with the game of basketball before going into the competitive part.

“We do ball handling drills, jump-stop pivots, defensive stance, defensive drop step, shooting, layups, passing — just a little bit of everything,” McGinnis said.

The camp is hosted by the girls’ basketball team and all 15 members of Pine’s girls basketball team were working at the camp.

McGinnis said her team works on the same skills in practice as they teach at the camp. McGinnis said that teaching the skills at the camp makes her players understand how to do them even better.

Also helping McGinnis at the camp were members of Pine’s girls and boys basketball coaching staff.