GRAFTON—The Little Cats Basketball Camp wrapped up on Wednesday, and Grafton High School Lady Cats Basketball head coach Andrew Moore shared the camp was a smashing success.
“After a one year hiatus of summer basketball camp, it was really nice to get these kids back into the gym,” Moore expressed. “I thought the turnout was great. We saw a lot of familiar faces and were excited to see some new ones, as well.”
During the course of the three day camp participants focused on offensive and defensive situations and tackled the fundamentals of the game.
“Sometimes our fundamentals get a little lost. But they have never been more important. They really lay the ground work for a basketball player to be able to excel. And that’s what we want to do. We want to provide young athletes will all the necessary knowledge to succeed,” voiced Moore.
In addition to learning the basics, participants were also given the chance to compete in one-on-one and five-on-five scrimmages, along with hot shot contests, a free throw shootout and knockout games as a way to keep the camp fun.
“We try to make it as fun as possible for the kids because fun is what keeps them wanting to come back and keep working at getting better,” Moore explained. “Hopefully, they will go home and practice some of the skills we taught them. We can’t wait to see them next time, and see how much they’ve progressed.”
This year’s five-seven-year-old class winners include Emileigh Leach, who earned the Heart and Hustle award, while Jolie Moore was recognized as Most Improved.
Jaxen Boyles won the free throw challenge for his age group, and Kaylee Jacobs took down the competition in the Hot Shot contest.
Meanwhile, Trenton Peters earned the Heart and Hustle Award for the third grade category, and Gentry Winniger showed a better mastery of the fundamentals, earning the Most Improved Award.
Peyson Erdie showed he has what it took sunk the most buckets from the line, claiming the Free Throw winner title, and Bria Moore proved that she could keep cool under pressure, making the most baskets making her the third grade Hot Shot winner.
And when it came to the one-on-one contest, Erdie and Ella Moore tied to claim the win.
The most improved fourth grader was Kamrie King, Lexi Mlinarick earned the Heart and Hustle award, Greyson Morris took down the competition in the Free throw contest and Adree Wiles was on fire in the Hot Shot competition.
Wiles also went on to claim the victory in the fourth grade one-on-one contest.
Mabelina Donegia was recognized as the most improved fifth-sixth grader, while Kinleigh Hutson garnered the Heart and Hustle award.
Braylon Shaw took down the competitors, sinking the most free throws, Dylan Fields was named Hot Shot winner and Ashley Smith reigned supreme, claiming the one-on-one title.
The camp was led by Moore, with the assistance of Kurt’s Davis, as well as members of the Lady Cats Basketball team.
“I can’t give my team of girls enough credit. We have a practice before camp, then they work the entire two-and-a-half hours of camp,” Moore divulged. “I really want to give a special shout-out to Kelsey Massie, Tayler Rudy, Ally Mayle and Jodi Keene. They were in charge of the 5-7 year olds, and did a phenomenal job with them.”
He went on to say, “It’s moments like this where I am glad to be their coach because I get front row seats to see them working with our youth and inspiring them to do great things.”
Moore said it was his belief that it’s important to have the kids come into the high school and interact with the players.
“We hope that it will maybe help to create a dream to one day play in this gymnasium,” he noted.
And without the support of the community, as well as some key players, the return of the Little Cats Basketball Camp would not have been as successful.
“I would like to thank Little Feet Daycare and Taylor Health Care Center for sponsoring our camp,” Moore expressed. “I would also like to thank my wife, Danielle Moore. She handled all the organizational components of the camp.”