Town Crier Sports Staff
Summer basketball camps usually provide coaches with an indication of the type team they will have for the upcoming season. Riverside traveled to Nettleton to face some of the better teams in the area in a two-day camp held the last week of June, and Lady Rebel Coach Greg Rainwater came away with reasons to be optimistic.
"I thought we competed really well against some very good teams," said Rainwater. "Marion beat us by one point, and Rector, who will be one of our league favorites, beat us by about eight. I thought our effort was outstanding in both of those games, even though we lost. We just shot the ball so poorly. Against Marion, we went 2-14 from the foul line in the first half or we win that game.
"I thought it was a very productive camp. We went 3-3 and picked up a win over East Poinsett County in our last game. We got a chance to see what we need to work on and to see what we will be like without Marisa Johnson, who has been such a key player for us the last three years. I thought we rebounded and blocked out extremely well, especially against EPC, and I was proud to see that.
"Individually, everyone did some good things, but I was really pleased with how Michelle Cobb handled herself at the point guard position. Morgan Emery did a good job of driving to the basket and scoring, which is something we really need her to do this year, so I was pleased to see that."
"Our effort during the entire camp was outstanding. We hustled after loose balls and dove all over the floor. We identified some things we need to work on and I really think we started to come together as a team. I was really pleased with the camp as a whole," concluded Rainwater.