Dragonettes are Rebuilding, Lady Buffaloes Reloading

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Special thanks to Herald-Citizen Sports Editor Craig Delk for sharing coverage of last week’s summer basketball camps in Cookeville.
This week’s summer basket-ball camps gave teams from around the Upper Cumberland an opportunity to give  players some experience and help them transition into the upcoming season this fall.
While some teams like 7-A powers Jackson County and Clarkrange seem to only have to reload each year, other teams, like the York Dragonettes are in the midst of a complete overhaul.
The Dragonettes lost seven seniors from last year’s team, and have three freshmen, two sophomores and three juniors who are new to the lineup.
Just one player — junior forward Taylor Crouch — got playing experience last year, and she was unable to play in camp because of an injury.
“There are times when we look phenomenal, and there are times when we look like freshman,” York coach Josh Choate said.  “Right now, it’s just getting consistency.  I know we’re gonna be Ok; it’s just getting there.  By the end of the season, I think we’ll be doing fine, but right now, we’re going through a lot of bumps and bruises.”
One good thing is the Dragonettes have played a lot of basketball, hopefully making the learning curve a shorter one. Full story available in this week’s Fentress Courier.