Usually, a drop in attendance during a summer sports camp is not a good thing. Carroll County girls’ basketball head coach Marc Motley doesn’t mind.
While the 55 campers that showed up for the Carroll County girls’ basketball camp from July 16-19 represent a decrease from years past, Motley is focusing more on the increase in talent. In fact, he told parents after the camp that the talent pool in Carroll County right now is as high as it’s been during his decade-long tenure as the girls’ head basketball coach.
“The numbers are down but I think the talent is up. The older group is as competitive as I’ve seen since I’ve been doing it, “ Motley said. “We had a three-seed and a four-seed play in the finals in the championship game of the older group. It’s extremely competitive and that’s the way I like to see it. These girls are very aggressive and attack the basket. We also have a large number of post players, big kids we haven’t had in a few years.”
In fact, the championship game of the Varsity group (6th-9th graders) was a nip-and-tuck affair. The Hustlin’ Hoopsters held on for a 37-35 victory as their opponent had a shot to tie or win in the final seconds. Aside from the increased talent level, Motley has also been happy to see a strong work ethic in this year’s group of campers.
“I’ve been extremely pleased. Usually we see a few kids that don’t show up on the second day, but this year there were none. They all came every day,” Motley said. “They are all having fun, but also working hard. And the talent level is up, which is a great thing to see. I think it is due to a combination of the recreation program and the AAU program.”