Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The Georgetown County Parks and Recreation Andrews gymnasium was packed on July 26 with lady hoopsters honing their skills for this Saturday’s tournament at the Beck facility in Georgetown.
The organizers of the July 26 event referred to it as “just a practice tournament.”
But the ladies on the court seemed to be playing anything but a practice game.
Team D.E.F.F. Georgetown, Team D.E.F.F. Choppee, Waccamaw High School, and Andrews Coastal Elite battled it out in the steamy gym in Andrews.
“Move your feet, move them now,” Sherrie Nelson, Team D.E.F.F. Georgetown’s coach encouraged her players. Nelson explained that the team has made a great deal of progress after they attended a fundamentals camp earlier in the summer.
“I am at a real loss today. Most of my girls are working” at their weekend jobs, said Team D.E.F.F. Choppee coach Poston Reed.
Reed “borrowed” a few players from the other three teams to fill out his roster and participate in the practice. “We will have all our girls next Saturday, and hopefully we will do all right” Reed said.
Marion Busby, Waccamaw High School’s coach, said, “These opportunities afford our girls more practice time in the offseason, which makes them better players during the season.”
Pulling his team together at halftime, Busby encouraged them to “be patient and take your time, play better offense.”
Tyrone White was pleased with the play he saw from his Andrews AAU team.
“Our girls play NTBA-AAU circuit ball, and I am very happy with their performance.”
His team has only been together for three months, but they have been holding their own against teams that have been playing together for more than five years.
GCPR referee Desmond Phillips is looking forward to the tournament at the Beck Center on Aug. 2.
“These teams have been working so hard, and I am looking forward to the games next weekend, it should be some pretty exciting basketball.”