Panthers putting in offseason work

Published 8:56 pm Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Dribble around: Jemison basketball players Eddie Hubbard, left, and Jeremiah Gates run through drills Tuesday at a camp at Alton Cobb Gymnasium.

If the Jemison basketball team isn’t successful this season, it can’t be blamed on lack of effort.

The Panthers this week continued a busy summer with a two-day camp.

“We treat it a lot like spring training in football,” coach Stacy McGehee said. “We go over the offense again, keep it fresh in their minds so we don’t have to spend as much time on it in the fall.”

Day 1 of the camp, on Monday, focused on defense, however, as McGehee brought in former Moody and Irwin Coach Greg Moore to teach the Panthers how to be stingier.

The camp wrapped up Tuesday at Alton Cobb Gymnasium.

Jemison hosted American Christian, Victory Christian and Beauregard for a play date last week.

During summer exhibition games, McGehee takes the unusual step of substituting in and out five players at once every three minutes so they can find a rhythm playing together.

“I don’t put the priority on wins and losses but getting better as a team,” he said.

JHS will also visit Birmingham-Southern College for a team camp Wednesday and Thursday.

The Panthers will play Rogers, Battle Ground and New Hope on Wednesday; and Kossuth and Ardmore on Thursday.