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Updated: 07/11/2014 08:00:02AM

Open gym brings summer fun, learning

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Girls' basketball coach Joe Davis demonstates how to properly position for a pass during a recent open gym session.


Players work on a fast break drill during a recent open gym.


Although they are refining their basketball skills, one of the main goals of the summer open gym sessions is to have fun.

Girls' basketball coach Joe Davis helps shows proper pick-and-roll technique to players at a recent open gym session.

By Dave Bremer

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Girls’ basketball coach Joe Davis had three simple goals when he opened the gym this summer: Enjoy the game; learn the game; and have fun. He starts with basic drills and fundamentals, followed by some game play that incorporates the style of play he hopes to have his team play next season. “We open the gym on Monday and Wednesday afternoon, and have 9-12 girls attending,” Davis said.

Using his low-key approach, Davis is constantly talking to the girls, giving pointers and explaining the fundamentals of basketball while they go through drills or run a set play. He is also pleased to have some help this year. “Last year I ran the junior varsity and varsity programs myself,” he said. “This year I have some quality help with Cara Wilson and Tony Washington assisting me.” While the assistants might be helping a post player with a proper drop step, Davis is showing the wing players a proper pick-and-roll. The girls then run the play again, trying to put all the pieces together.

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