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Youth prevalent for Lady Jacket basketball camp

Updated: Jun 8, 2022

(Photo by Travis Dockery / 389 Country) Head coach Chad McClure, along with assistants Amanda Thompson and Meghan McQuade, addresses camp-goers on Monday.

By Travis Dockery

389 Country Editor

As potential Lady Yellow Jacket basketball players emerged from the locker room Monday, June 6, Hayesville's head coach Chad McClure said simply, "We're young." The coach was referring to the fact that of the 10 players in attendance, five are rising freshmen, two are sophomores, two will be juniors and Lila Roberts is the lone senior.

Coach McClure goes over instructions with some of his youngest players.

While camp attendance doesn't guarantee a spot on the roster for participants or block an interested player come the 2022-23 season, McClure said the summer camp serves multiple purposes.

"One reason we love working with the girls in the summer is so they know what to expect when the season starts. We are able to work through the nerves and jitters that those who are new to the program have. That way, when practice for the season starts, we can focus on that instead of getting to know each other."

When talking about the month-long grind, McClure said, "We are going to have fun. We've got

Rising Freshman Emma Ashe makes a move to get by assistant coach and former Hayesville standout Amanda Thompson.

some special things planned, but by the end of the month, they will know what we as a staff expect. It's a tough league (the Smoky Mountain Conference) and it takes a lot of work to win.

McClure said the hope is to have a JV squad this year, but that will be based on the number of players he has once the official preseason begins in late fall.

Last years varsity Lady Jacket team had an up and down season, finishing 7-16 overall and 2-8 in the SMC. Hayesville made the playoffs, but were eliminated in round one by North Rowan.

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