The Pineville Mountain Lions wrapped up their second annual Summer Team Camp on Thursday. The Lions beat Harlan County and lost to Williamsburg in the week’s final two scrimmages.
More importantly the camp provides a close and affordable opportunity for area teams to get in some work over the summer. Eight other teams from around the 13th Region participated in the event along with Pineville and Cumberland Gap from over in Tennessee.
“I think the camp was really good for all of the teams that showed up. It’s a chance for everybody to come and play and find out about their teams a little bit. It gives you a preview of the things you’ve got to work on and it’s very worthwhile,” Pineville coach J.D. Strange said. “We found out a lot about ourselves. When you see kids in game situations it tells us more about what they need to work on.”
Other teams taking part in the camp were Middlesboro, Barbourville, Knox Central, Harlan, Harlan County, Lynn Camp, Whitley County and Williamsburg.
The Mountain Lions went 5-3 in the their scrimmages during the week. They posted wins over Barbourville, Lynn Camp, Cumberland Gap, Middlesboro and Harlan County with losses to Harlan, Whitley County and Williamsburg.
Pineville lost three seniors from last year’s team but return three starters from late in the season in senior guards Cody Collett and Isaac Longworth and senior forward Scotty Hoskins. Several other players will also be back that saw significant varsity action. Will Adams and John Sproles started along side those three in most of the scrimmages. Tucker Woolum, Thomas Brock and Jalen Byrd were the primary options off the bench and they all showed some flashes during the camp.
“Hopefully it’s a confidence-builder for us. In summer ball you want to win, but you want to win under the conditions that you play all of your kids. You want them all to get time and find out what they can do. Sometimes you try them in different positions to see how well they fare,” Strange added. “When it gets down to time for the season, hopefully we’ll know where their strengths are. That’s what we’re trying to find out in the off-season.”