Camps helping Wildcats prepare for upcoming season

Published 2:02 pm Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Varnado’s boys basketball team has gone to a pair of camps this summer, as the Wildcats prepare for the 2019-20 season.
The team went to clinics at the University of Southern Miss and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
The USM camp took place June 15 and the team went 1-2 in the competition against Mississippi Class 5A schools.
The games featured a pair of 20-minute halves.
The Wildcats were defeated by South Jones and Hattiesburg and were victorious against Sumrall.
Against South Jones, Jaheim Hooks scored 14 points and grabbed two rebounds.
Trevin Haynes tallied eight points, six rebounds, a steal and he blocked a shot.
ZyQuantay Bickham posted five points and five boards.
In the game against Hattiesburg, Hooks tallied six points and made two steals.
Kim McGowan recorded six points, a rebound and two steals.
In the win over Sumrall, Elizah Miller had 14 points and seven rebounds.
Haynes put up nine points and two boards.
Hooks tallied nine points for the Wildcats.
“The camps were pretty detailed,” Varnado coach D.W. Trosclair said. “USM was an eye opener, playing on a college level versus a Louisiana High School level. It was really good. They had fun. That’s what I saw in everybody’s eyes. It’s a really good experience.”
The camp in Lafayette was held Friday and Saturday and Varnado recorded a 4-1 mark.
Varnado had wins over Loreauville, Catholic of Point Coupee, Vidalia and Ascension of Episcopal with the one loss to Pleasant Hill.
Games this weekend had two 16-minute halves with a running clock until the final minute when the typical clock rules came into play, as the clocked stopped on each whistle.
McGowan tallied 10 points and five steals against Loreauville.
Hooks recorded seven points, four steals and three rebounds.
Bickham put up 10 points and grabbed five rebounds.
In the contest against Catholic of Point Coupee, Hooks totaled 10 points and four steals.
Haynes scored eight points and pulled down eight boards.
In the Vidalia game, Hooks scored 17 points, grabbed four rebounds and made three steals.
Bickham had 10 points and five rebounds.
McGowan tallied seven points and four steals.
Moving to the game against Ascension Episcopal, McGowan had 11 points and he made three steals.
Haynes scored nine points and pulled down four rebounds.
Bickham recorded nine points and three rebounds.
In the game against Pleasant Hill, Miller posted 10 points, three boards and two steals.
Hooks recorded seven points and three steals.
Haynes tallied six points and four rebounds.
“I wanted to work on defense with this group and bring it to a different level,” Trosclair said. “It showed in spurts, but now we want to do it for the whole game. If we’re doing this in four quarters versus two quarters, it’s going to be something to see.”

Varnado’s Jaheim Hooks goes up strong in a game this season.