By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– It was the first time that McKay Girls Basketball Coach Jim White had put on a Kid’s Camp since he took over the Scots Girls Basketball program last summer.
And the longtime coach who’s entering his second Winter as the McKay Head Coach, guiding them to eight wins in 2018, saw 30 athletes come to the three-day Kid’s Camp this summer.
“Everyone’s pretty excited, they haven’t done this for a long time. First time I’ve done it with boys too,” said White. “A lot of kids haven’t done this before. Just charge to dollars for the T-Shirt and have them come in and teach them the basic stuff. Got prizes, we got a bunch of stuff donated for the kids.
“I just want the kids to get on the court and see what we’re all about and I think we’ve created a lot of interest. I’m hoping for the years to come, we have something in the Winter or in the Fall and one in the Spring and hopefully it will grow like the Hoops Project did when they had it here. They did a great job out here and now we have to get our name out there to get the kids locally here to come out.”
One of the kids in camp was Patricia Mike, the younger sister of 2019 graduate Leva Mike. The younger Mike saw some Summer League action with the High School team as the Middle Schooler played in JV and JV2 minutes this summer for the Scots.
“She’s going to be a seventh grader and she played Varsity minutes for us in the summer. JV and JV2,” said White. “We got a lot of young kids and the future is looking really good for us. Next year is going to be tough for us, but growing pains sometimes they hurt.”
Losing the offensive output by Leva Mike, Diana Cruz and Anita Lao, that question along with working on defense and cutting down the turnovers that turned games this past season into tough losses and a few other areas that White looked at this summer and as they now prepare for the regular season here in a few short months.
But with the returners from last year’s squad like Cheyenne Allmond, the Allen sisters of Autumn and Araya to name a few who are returning for the second year of White coaching, the hope is that the familiarity will help out entering the season.
“We got a lot to work on. If you look at our stats from last year, we got girls looking to pass instead of shooting, we got to learn how to shoot. But we got to learn how to pass, how to catch the ball because our turnovers were not very good last year,” said White.
“But our biggest focus is on turnovers, learning more how to play together. They know now my style and how I coach, how to play. The summer kids saw how that went, so we’re just trying to eliminate the turnovers and looking to score.”