Poplar Springs hosts 15 girls basketball teams for week-long camp

Published: Jun. 18, 2021 at 6:11 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 6:27 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -Last summer, the high school basketball competition didn’t just look different, it didn’t exist. Out at Poplar Springs, teams are making summer 2021 count, especially for some of the younger players.

“Figuring out where you’re at in the summer, it’s about getting your kids that are moving up to your varsity to be able to play and gel with your kids coming back,” said Poplar Springs girls basketball coach, Kaitlyn Carroll.

15 teams from all over the area made their way to the Atomics home courts for the camp, including 2021 1A State Champs, Ponce de Leon.

The Lady Pirates said goodbye to six seniors after the state championship, and are hoping camps like these will help them fill those big shoes.

“This is a new team, and this is about outworking yesterday, and getting better each and every day,” said Ponce de Leon girls basketball coach, Brad Alford. “Obviously, last year was an unbelievable season and a dream season, but we want to stay disciplined enough to stay hungry and continue to build towards another championship run.”

For Coach Alford’s daughter, Cadence, the summer season is a welcome one.

“We really missed it last year because we didn’t get as much up and down or competition, so we were just really off,” said Cadence. “To be able to come out here and get back in the flow of things, it’s great.”

For the tight knit girls basketball community in the area, it’s more than just getting in reps on the court.

“Seen a lot of different styles, a lot of different teams, and for me, I get to see a lot of friends of mine,” said South Walton girls basketball coach, Kevin Craig. “In the summertime, it’s a more fun and relaxed time, but it’s been a good week for our kids.”

The camp was held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the varsity girls teams, and Tuesday and Thursday for the junior varsity boys teams.

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