Basketball season is five months away but the Lady Tigers are prepping now by participating in a summer league tournament in Glynn County. The games, which started June 9, will have the Lady Tiger squad tipping-off against teams like, Long County, McIntosh Academy, Wayne County and Brantley County.
"We played four games last week and we won all four of them," Lady Tiger coach Faye Baker said. "We look good in spurts. I thought we did especially well with our defensive pressure."
Bakers said placing pressure on the opponents is something she is working on but more importantly is reviewing the fundamentals.
"this si the summer, it’s the time where you can relax a little bit and really, teach, teach, teach. And that is what we are focusing on the fundamentals of the game."
She said as well as her squad did last season, posting a 25-5 record, her squads post play was their weak link.
"So we’ve been spending some time on post moves...keeping the ball above your head and a lot of the little things that we’ve been able to get away with because of our athleticism," Baker said.
Baker said the summer camps are important because it keeps the players active in basketball during the off season.
"Any opportunity to play is a plus for us," she said. "It’s more experience they are gaining...especially as we try and bring up our younger players. It’s crucial for us."
The Lady Tigers are poised to be within the top two teams in 3-AAAAA along with coach Ronald Booker’s Beach High girls. Coach Booker lost two top starters in Monique Willis and Khalilah Watson. But Booker has a record for drawing talented players to his squad and he will return a few starters next season to give the Lady Tigers a run for their money.
The Lady Tigers lost Brytnii Speight, Mei-Sean Lee, Candice Curry and Raven Anderson but have four returning starters in Mariah Maternik, Seandre Lee, Camille Jackson and Quintunya Chapman.
"We also have some tenth graders and some juniors with potential," Baker said looking to next season. "I feel like they will be able to help us once we gain that floor experience."
The summer league camp culminates the last weekend in June when the Lady Tigers head to the Armstrong Atlantic State University Tournament June 25-27.
"It’s always real competitive," she said. "They always draw some good teams from around the state there and we get to play a lot of basketball within those three days."
By the time you get to Armstrong you are done teaching because you are playing back-to-back-to-back. You are hoping by the end of June you are seeing some changes in what you’ve been working on."
All games at Glynn Academy
June 22, Lady Tigers vs. Long County, 5 p.m.
Lady Tigers vs. Glynn Academy, 8 p.m.
June 24, Lady Tigers vs. Long County, 5 p.m.
Lady Tigers vs. Brantley County, 8 p.m.