Escambia Academy junior high basketball player Kaile Gumapac, 12, grabs a rebound during a basketball camp put on by former coach Chad Prewett at the EA gym. Pia Gorme, below, takes a shot during a Laker layup drill Monday.
Escambia Academy junior high basketball player Kaile Gumapac, 12, grabs a rebound during a basketball camp put on by former coach Chad Prewett at the EA gym. Pia Gorme, below, takes a shot during a Laker layup drill Monday.

Whistle stop

Published 1:49pm Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A former EA student, head basketball coach and athletic director once again took over the gym Monday as a girls’ basketball camp began.

Chad Prewett, who led EA to three girls’ and one boys’ state title from 1995 to 2004, broke out the whistle to help the junior high and high school girls’ teams get into shape before the start of next season.

The camp would help the girls focus on fundamentals and concepts like shooting and ball handling, Prewett said.

“We’re going to do a lot of ball handling, especially early on,” the current Lee-Scott Academy coach said. “We work with ball handling every day at Lee-Scott. We believe that as you get better individually you get better as a team.”

Prewett said the girls would compete during the camp and medals would be given to those players who performed the best.

“One main ingredients of this camp is to teach competition,” he said. “We’re trying to make hard work a habit.”

Prewett said he performed a camp similar to this for the community every year he coached the Cougars.

Monday morning members of the junior high team participated in drill called hot shot, where they took shots and got rebounds from different areas of the court. The girls also worked on a Laker layup drill, which had basketballs placed on chairs on opposite sides of the court. The girls would then take the ball to the hoop and lay it in.
Prewett said participants would scrimmage before ending the camp at noon Monday-Wednesday. The high school team takes the floor today at 1 p.m. for its final day of camp.

Prewett said he had spoken with junior high girls head basketball coach Erica Hammonds about the camp.

“They need to get better and you can only get better in the offseason,” Hammonds said of her team. “The camp will be beneficial.”

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