Thursday, June 16, 2005

Girls of summer
New basketball league features county teams


There’s a new league in Marshall County this summer. And it’s in the gym.

A varsity girls summer basketball league has tipped off with teams participating from area schools like Potts Camp, Marshall Academy, H.W. Byers, Ashland, West Union, Ingomar, Fayette Academy, South Pontotoc and Myrtle.

“We can get an idea heading into the school year what we need to improve on, and the league is a lot of fun,” said Potts Camp Head Coach Kevin Harris, who organized the new league.” It is building relationships – the kids make new friends plus they get to work on their game, and the coaches get to talk and know each other.”

Games are being played at Potts Camp, which is sporting new and much improved lights in its gym, and West Union. Admission is $1 per person, and there are always several games per night of competition.

Another county school, H.W. Byers, also had new lighting installed in its gym.

“We certainly want to thank Mr. (Don) Randolph (superintendent of education) and the school board for the new lights,” Harris said. “It’s a dramatic improvement, and everyone is thrilled with how nice it looks.”

The schedule for Thursday, June 16, at Potts Camp includes 5:30 p.m., Potts Camp vs. H.W. Byers; 6:30, Marshall vs. Fayette; 7:30, H.W. Byers vs. Fayette; and 8:30, Potts Camp vs. Marshall.

The slate for Thursday, June 20 (the last date on the summer schedule), at Potts Camp includes 3:30 p.m., Ashland vs. H.W. Byers; 4:30, Marshall vs. Ingomar; 5:30, Myrtle vs. H.W. Byers; 6:30, Ashland vs. Potts Camp; 7:30, Fayette vs. Ingomar; 8:30, Myrtle vs. Marshall; and 9:30, Potts Camp vs. Fayette.

Keith Taylor, head coach of the Marshall Academy Lady Patriots, said the league is great.

“It’s very competitive,” Taylor said after a game at Potts Camp last Thursday. “Coach Harris does a good job here, and I thank him for inviting us to participate.”

Marshall Academy defeated both Ingomar and Potts Camp Thursday by four points. Potts Camp had beaten Marshall in earlier summer competition at MA and also turned back Myrtle and West Union on a previous night.

“It’s a positive for us,” Taylor said. “It gives our kids some confidence, and I’m proud of the way they’re performing this summer.”

Both coaches agreed – the purpose of the league is not to measure wins and losses.

“It’s a chance to work on things, and play real game situations,” Harris said. “I’m happy to have other coaches who also want their teams to get better.

“It’s a good league with good competition. It’s good for girls basketball. There’s nothing like this for girls anywhere around. Team camps are great, but the cost is high.”

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