Keith’s Harriet Winchester (12) goes up for a shot against Holy Spirit during the Class 1A Central Regional Tournament in Montgomery this past season. The Lady Bears are hosting a play day on Tuesday, June 12 to prepare for the upcoming season. -- Robert Hudson

Keith-hosted play day helps find weaknesses

Published 9:52pm Saturday, June 9, 2012

ORRVILLE — Coming off a season where they captured an area title, the Keith Lady Bears are already working to improve for the upcoming season.

The Lady Bears will host a play day Tuesday, June 12 starting at 9 a.m. Admission is $2.

Keith will welcome in-county and regional rivals Selma, Southside, Francis Marion, R.C. Hatch, Wilcox, and Central-Tuscaloosa high schools to Orrville for scrimmage games.

Cecil Williams, head girls basketball coach of Keith High School, said the focus of the games include teamwork and conditioning.

“The main thing is getting the kids used to playing with each other as a team,” Williams said. “Another big thing is conditioning, and teaching them how to stay together and focus on what they’re supposed to be doing for the upcoming year.”

Williams added the games will give the Lady Bears a chance to work on improving their weaknesses.

“We’re working on some new plays, working on the areas where we were weak last year and need improvement on,” Williams said. “We’ll be working on our weaknesses in order to get better.”

With only one player gone from last year’s team, Williams said the play day will also help the Lady Bears work to build off of last season, in which they captured the Class 1A Area 5 championship before falling to No. 1 Holy Spirit in the Central Regional Tournament.

“I have everybody coming back,” Williams said. “We only had one senior, so the biggest thing we’re building on is trying to get further. We lost our confidence in that last game, and we got kind of nervous. Having a taste of going up the road kind of makes us hungry to come back and work a little harder for this season.”

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