Ball keeps on bouncing

The ball keeps on bouncing

Local basketball teams working through summer

By Lisa Voyles
Chickasaw Journal
HOUSTON – High school basketball season wrapped up the end of February, right?
Not necessarily.
Local hoops players have a full slate this summer getting ready for the fall season.
“Everyday except for Friday,” said coach Vernessa Gates of the Lady Toppers practice sessions.
The boy’s and girl’s teams are being coach by “committee” with Gates, Orlando Randle, Gary Dixon and Cynthia Autry all taking part.
At girl’s practice June 4, Dixon was working on offensive passing manuevers.
“Walk her all the way down and get her off-balance, then break back up,” Dixon coached Teria Calvert in setting up to receive a pass.
The summer off-season is used by basketball, like other sports, to hone skills and prepare for fall and the Houston teams have plenty of opportunities on their schedule. Both boys and girls are participating in a summer league hosted by Calhoun City High School and facing very familiar teams like City, Bruce, Vardaman and Lafayette County.
In addition, the boys will head to camp at Delta State University June 13-15 while the girls will be at Mississippi State University June 15-17. They will also participate in the ICC girl’s shootout in June.
Basketball fans don’t have to wait until November to get their roundball fix. They can just hit the gym for summer hoops.


Summer League basketball
June 13-15
Delta State camp

June 13
ICC Team Camp
Houston vs. Vardaman, 9:45 a.m., Davis Center
Houston vs. Nettleton, 12 p.m., Fitness Center
Vardaman vs. Corinth, 12:45 p.m., Fitness Center
Vardaman vs. Mooreville, 2:15 p.m., Davis Center
Houston vs. Corinth, 2:15 p.m., Fitness Center
Houston vs. West Point, 3:45 p.m., Fitness Center
Vardaman vs. West Point, 5:15 p.m., Fitness Center

Calhoun City High School
June 17
Calhoun City JV. vs. Bruce JV, 10 a.m.
Calhoun City vs. Shannon, 10:45 a.m.
Bruce vs. Houston, 11:30 a.m.
Shannon JV vs. Lafayette JV, 12:15 p.m.
Bruce vs. Shannon, 1 p.m.
Houston vs. Lafayette, 1:45 p.m.
Houston JV vs. Charleston JV, 2:30 p.m.
Calhoun City vs. Lafayette, 3:15 p.m.
Lafayette vs. Charleston, 4 p.m.
Calhoun City vs. Charleston, 4:45 p.m.