Times Sports Editor
The Northview girls' basketball team hasn't rested on its laurels during the summer. The Knights have welcomed in new head varsity basketball coach Lu Anne Anderson and have been taking part in a summer basketball league based in Terre Haute. However, the highlight of the offseason was likely a trip to Knoxville to participate in the University of Tennessee's annual basketball camp hosted by coach Pat Summitt and the Volunteers National Champion basketball program.
"We took 18 girls and three coaches to the camp," Anderson said. "The girls really enjoyed playing against teams from other states and seeing the Lady Vols facilities. This camp gave the coaches an opportunity to get to know all of the players better and become closer. The girls were divided into two teams and each team competed in six games."
The Knights got the chance to learn new drills as well as play in games against some of the best teams in the country, which Anderson believes will strengthen the Northview program immediately.
"The competition gave the girls a chance to get away from playing the usual teams during the summer, and it opened up their eyes to some really good teams."
Taking a road trip to Tennessee also gave the team an opportunity to bond while learning from one of the best in the business.
"I think the coaches really got to know a lot about the players during this camp - their tendencies during games, how well they handle tough situations and pressure," Anderson said. "There was a special session conducted by Pat Summit for players and coaches. We got to see several drills that the Lady Vols do during their season."
Summitt was present at each day of the camp and, along with her assistants and players, demonstrated various drills to the campers. According to Anderson, one of the most beneficial aspects of the camp was enabling the Northview players to see the passion for the game that the Volunteer players displayed.
"It was very beneficial for the girls to see how hard these players work during the drills, and also that even the best players make mistakes and need to be corrected," the Knights first-year coach said.
"The girls really enjoyed getting to meet Coach Summit and seeing the locker room for the Lady Vols," Anderson said. "The girls got their pictures taken and autographs from Coach Summit and the players at Tennessee. Coach Summit was present for every day of the camp and interacted with all of the girls.
"I think this was a great opportunity for the girls to become closer, especially after last year's difficulties," Anderson said. "The great thing about this camp was the number of girls that attended with us. Among the older girls, all but two from last year's JV and varsity squad went to the camp."
The Knights wrap up their summer season by playing Monday at Terre Haute South at both 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. before playing their final games on Wednesday at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
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