By Kyle Shaner firstname.lastname@example.org
July 22, 2014
BRADFORD — Bradford hosted a junior high girls basketball shootout on Saturday with several local teams as the Lady Railroaders attempt to build up their junior high program.
Bradford, Franklin Monroe, Greenville, Miami East, Versailles and Wapakoneta were among those in attendance as the Railroaders hosted the shootout for the second year in a row. Franklin Monroe and Greenville were new to the shootout this year.
The shootout went well, Bradford varsity girls basketball coach Patrick McKee said, as it provided an opportunity for junior high coaches and players to get in some summer workouts.
“It’s just a little bit of an extra chance for coaches and players to get together in the summer to see what they’ve got, what they’ve got to work on,” McKee said.
While many high school programs have summer workouts, junior high teams tend to work less with their players, McKee said. He wanted his junior high players and other schools to have an opportunity similar to those presented to the high school teams.
“The more you play, the more you work on fundamentals, the better you get overall,” McKee said. “This is only going to help our high school program even more.”
While the Lady Railroaders varsity program is coming off its best year in program history with 20 wins and their first Ohio High School Athletic Association sectional tournament championship, Bradford still has a lot of work to do at the junior high level, McKee said.
“We’re trying to get these girls to get a little more serious about the sports and put a little more time in,” he said.
Scrimmages against strong programs such as Versailles and Wapak will be very beneficial to the development of the Lady Railroader program, McKee said.
“We’re kind of working our way to where we need to be,” he said.