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New WCMS coach Mendy Stotts stresses importance of aggressiveness, intensity
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With players needing to maintain social distancing, WCMS 7-8 grade girls basketball coach Mendy Stotts uses a prop as a defensive player.

Warren County Middle School basketball players are off and dribbling.

First-year head coach Mendy Stotts is in the midst of a three-day basketball camp for girls in grades 7-8 with official team tryouts scheduled for Thursday. She says 18 girls have been participating.

“I hope all of them can be part of the team in some way,” said Stotts. “What I’m wanting to impress on them as much as anything is to be aggressive and intense. I want them to understand the competitive aspect of the game and what it means to compete.”

To follow suggested guidelines, all girls had their temperatures taken before participating in practice. Coach Stotts worked to keep the girls apart as there was no guarding or contested action.

Stotts used a large prop of a basketball players with his hands in the air to serve as a defensive player. Girls caught the ball in front of the prop in triple threat position and worked on moves to dribble around it.

Monday was a day devoted to defense and rebounding. Tuesday was for dribbling and offensive skills. Wednesday will be a day for conditioning with coach Stotts eager to see the level of fitness.

She says so far she’s been impressed with the overall knowledge of her team and its basketball IQ.

“So far I’ve been pretty impressed,” said Stotts. “I think we should have a well-rounded team with definitely some size in the middle. Some girls have grown since I last saw them so I’m hoping we can be strong inside.”

At the high school level, WCHS girls coach Anthony Lippe is close to finalizing his rosters for the varsity and freshman teams. He says a few girls have been away on scheduled vacations and they are expected to try out later this week.