GREENVILLE — The Greenville girls basketball team’s youth camp drew 50 girls from kindergarten through eighth grade this week with Rachel Kerns back leading the Lady Wave program.
The camp, which had two-hour sessions from Monday through Thursday, was split in two sessions of older and younger girls. The attendance was similar to past camps Kerns led for the Lady Wave with the majority of the girls in attendance hailing from Greenville.
“It was exciting,” the Lady Wave coach said. “It was competitive and a lot of fun.”
Kerns, who returned to the Greenville basketball program this summer as the varsity head coach after three seasons away from the team, stressed fundamentals to the youth campers.
“Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals,” she said. “That’s where we have to start. Every fundamental, that’s where we’re starting. We’re back to the very basics.”
Throughout the camp the girls went through drills and competitions including five-on-five games, three-on-three games, hot shot, free throws and dribble queen. Awards also were presented for Ms. Hustle, the defensive stopper and the most valuable camper.
In the four days of camp, Kerns said she saw a lot of progress from the girls. The top thing she hoped the youth took away from the week was passion for basketball, she said.
“Just kind of what my enthusiasm and passion is for basketball, to get them excited for hopefully where our program is going to go,” Kerns said.
Kerns was joined by other members of the Lady Wave coaching staff and about 20 high school players, who did a great job helping to lead the youth, she said.
“The younger girls really feed off of what they do,” Kerns said. “Hearing things from them means more than hearing things from coaches.”
While the camp was designed to help the elementary school kids, it also provided a good opportunity for Kerns and her staff to get reintegrated with the Lady Wave high school players, none of whom were on the high school team during Kerns’ last stint as the program’s head coach.
“That’s why I really like camp because my girls kind of got to see how I interact with the girls and also how I kind of expect things to be done,” Kerns said. “It was good for my high school girls to see how we did things at camp because that’s how we’re going to implement them in the season, too.”