Rector Hoops Players Staying Sharp in Summer Play

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Senior Skyler Shockley (right) works from the wing against Twin Rivers during recent Cougar summer basketball action at Rector

Even though school is out, summer has not been a "down" period for the Rector Cougars basketball team. Coach Matt Mills and his Cougars have continued their tradition of hustling on the court, taking part in numerous team camps, scrimmages and practices.

"We've been busy, like we are every summer," Mills said of his team. "Outside of the two dead periods, we've had practice or a camp almost every day. Summers are crazy, and we haven't been able to have everybody together at the same time, but I feel like we've had a very productive summer."

The Cougars graduated three starters a year ago, so this summer has been an audition of sorts for others on the roster.

"This is a chance for guys to prove they deserve to play more," Mills said. "We've got three seniors who have really stepped up in Landen Crancer, Mason McCluskey and Skyler Shockley. Those guys have had a really good summer, and I'm really excited about seeing how they build on that experience."

A fourth senior, Nick Hardin, along with juniors Garrett Buck and Lawson Ford, is part of a Legion baseball team which recently completed a successful season by finishing third in the state. The trio joined the Cougars in camp action last week in Rector, and will wind down the summer with a camp at Manila next week. The Cougars will have played around 30 games when the two day Manila camp comes to a close today (Wednesday).

"We've been putting in the work," Mills said. "We've got senior high and junior high players coming to the gym every day and practicing."

Mills believes the hard work will pay off in the long run.

"I expect us to be competitive and be right there with the better teams in our conference. There are no nights off in 2A basketball."

The Rector High School basketball program will be hosting an individual skills basketball camp for boys and girls entering the first through sixth grades beginning Aug. 11 and concluding Aug. 13 at the Rector gymnasium. Camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. daily during the three day camp. Participation in the camp is $50 with an additional $25 per child for siblings. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. on Aug. 11 at the gym.

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