During the 2014 Lady Wildcat Basketball Camp, Whitehouse High School girls’ head basketball coach Melanie Lane taught participants that success in sports is about more than just athletic skills.

“The foundation stones for balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty,” Lane said. During this year’s camp she encouraged players to hold themselves to higher expectations.

There were 20 participants in grades first through ninth at the camp. During the camp participants worked on the fundamentals of basketball. They worked on ball handling, passing and shooting each day in the first session and then team offense and defense in the second session.

Lane said the camp is important for many reasons. “This camp is important in many ways. It’s a great way to let the up and coming Ladycats see what is expected of them when they get to the Junior High and High School levels,” Lane said.

The camp also allows for coaching staff members to build relationships with future athletes and their parents.

“It takes the whole community to make the program successful, so this is our way of showing them that we want success just as much as they do.  Finally, I like to see the campers so I can gage what needs of the athletes need to be addressed when it comes to learning and understanding basketball, so we the coaches can make them better as athletes,” Lane said.

Contest winners were as follows:
First-fourth grade, free throw contest: Emily Fite, first place, Asia Zolliecoffer, second place, Brooklyn Langer, third place

First-fourth grade, hot shot contest: Danielle Hamm, first place, Emily Fite, second place, Emma Souter, third place

First-fourth grade, speed dribble contest: Rylee McFadden, first place, Danielle Hamm, second place, Emma Souter, third place

First-fourth grade, dribble knockout contest: Emma Souter, first place, Emily Fite, second place, Rylee McFadden, third place

First-fourth grade, free throw knockout contest: Danielle Hamm, first place, Asia Zolliecoffer, second place, Brooklyn Langer, third place

Fifth-ninth grade, free throw contest: Jordan Taushcer, first place, Abby Clarida, second place, Karagan Coggin, third place

Fifth-ninth grade, hot shot contest: Jordan Taushcer, first place, Karagan Coggin, second place, Laney Dunton, third place

Fifth-ninth grade, speed dribble contest: Jordan Taushcer and Abby Clarida, first place tie

Fifth-ninth grade, knockout contest: Sydney Malmstrom, first place