Lady Eagles wrap up their final team camp in Fairview
The Hennessey Lady Eagles wrapped up their summer camp in Fairview last week, their third and final team event of the summer. It’s been a productive off-season for Coach Haylie Simunek and the girls considering it’s the first time in quite a while that the basketball team hasn’t had to learn a new system over the summer due to a coaching change.
The team has shown a lot of growth over the summer camps, thanks to the continuity they built in Simnuek’s first season. They also had a fair amount of success, despite a roster that is made up primarily of underclassmen.
The girls have looked especially adept on the defensive end where they routinely got into their transition game thanks to steals and rebounds. One of Hennessey’s more impressive wins last winter came at the expense of the Pioneer, when the Lady Eagles defense was as tenacious as it had been all year, resulting in a lot of turnovers and easy baskets at the other end.
Moving forward, Simunek knows that defensive effort is going to be a recipe for success on this team, and had the girls focusing on replicating it during the camps.
“Controlling the tempo is always something that we talk about,” stated Simunek. “It starts at the defensive end, and as soon as we get a steal or rebound, we know to get to our lanes in order to get a layup on the other end. We are also getting a lot better at switching defenses on the fly, which will be a key to our game next season.”
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