As the July camping season draws to a close, De Queen held its annual girls basketball camp July 25.
New senior girls coach Lance Weeks saw more good than bad from the Lady Leopards. “The thing we need to work on is the new stuff I’m putting in. They’re not used to it,” he said. “They’ve had three coaches in three years. They’re pretty resilient.”
What he liked most was the effort and attitude. “They are playing hard and being very unselfish which makes for a whole lot better team. I’m really pleased with that,” he said. “Playing hard is very important. As long at they do that, we’re good.”
The core of experienced seniors has performed as expected, but the underclassmen have been improving. “The young ones are progressing very well,” Weeks noted. “They have a chance to contribute early and often.”
A pair of seniors is striving to regain top form. Abby Ponce was injured near the end of the regular season and was sorely missed in the play-offs. Lizzie Denton has not played since her sophomore year. Those two at full speed bring more height and give the coach several more options. He said they are getting back to the level they need to play well, but “they still have some catching up to do.”
Weeks pointed out there is plenty of time for improvement before the season starts. “It’s still July. I hope we’re not playing our best ball in July,” he said. “It’s still so early. They all seem to be happy to be in the gym. They’re just fun to be around.”
After the camp concluded, Weeks switched from coach mode to dad mode. He left for Tulsa to watch his son play in the Oklahoma All-State game.