The Lady Dark Horse Basketball Team hosted their eighth annual Jamboree on this past Saturday at the Clinton High School and Sampson Middle School gyms. With teams competing from across the region coaches got a chance to do some early evaluation of their teams potential for the upcoming season.
Clinton head coach Chris Owens said, “We had a great turnout and all the coaches were happy to get a good look at their players.”
The Lady Dark Horses use the Jamboree as a fundraiser to help supplement the normal budget and buy practice gear and other items that may not be included in the funds allocated by the school budget. Owens continued in saying, “We owe a big thanks to the community for coming out and supporting the Jamboree again this year, and to the parents for getting the kids, not only to this event but to several others we have participated in this summer.”
Owens was especially pleased with his team’s play on Saturday, saying, “We won two of our three games, losing to Wallace-Rose Hill in overtime by two. We are putting in a new system on offense this year and the girls are beginning to get a better handle on it.”
The Lady Dark Horses have competed in a couple of other team camps this summer and Owns says their improvement is evident, “we ran the triangle offense for the first time this summer, putting it in at the team camp in Chapel Hill. We looked much more comfortable in it this weekend, I am pleased with what I saw from the team.”
As is always the case with summer camps, coaches will learn things about their players that they may not have seen in seasons past. That was certainly the case for Owens as he commented on several players that stood out over the weekend.
“Brielle Mitchell has been solid for us this summer, she has really stepped up and is demonstrating excellent senior leadership for us. Keira Mabry and C Joiner also have shown improvement and will be important role players for us this coming year,” he said.
Owens hopes the commitment that his team has shown this summer, competing in camps and learning a new system will payoff in February when the Lady Horses hope to be in the heat of another Four County Conference title chase.