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Tuttle sophomore Alyssa Jones shoots a free throw during summer team camp.(Provided photo)
By Jeff Harrison
Managing Editor

Summer sports can create headaches for coaches scrambling for players. But this summer has been a very different experience for Johnny Vick and the Tuttle girls’ basketball team.

The Lady Tigers have 32 girls playing on four teams this summer.

“I’m not sure why our numbers are up this year, but they’re all excited about playing and improving,” Vick said. “And these aren’t just basketball girls.”

After hosting their annual youth camp last month, the Lady Tigers have traveled to Elgin and Sayre for team camps. During the Elgin camp, the girls posted big wins over Lawton, Lawton MacArthur and Class A power, Erick.
Vick said the girls have improved its ball handling and passing skills, while becoming more aggressive on offense.

“Alyssa Jones has gotten a lot better at shooting, and Aspen Loard, Kourtney Bradbeary and Peyton Garrett, who is coming back from an ACL tear have played really well,” Vick said.

The trips have also served as team building activities.

“I’m really pleased how many girls have gone on the trips,” Vick said. “They stay overnight together and really bond. We went to Pizza Hut one night and watch one of the Thunder games, and another day we went to get burgers in Meers, so it’s been a lot of fun.”

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