Star Spencer vs. Tahlequah

Star Spencer's varsity basketball team tries to keep the ball away from Tahlequah during the Northeastern State University Athletics Basketball Team Camp. From left are: Star Spencer players No. 11 Asiza Pugh, No. 12 Travisha Cogdell, and Tahlequah player No. 21 Kloe Bowin.

Northeastern State University's Athletics department began its summer camp lineup with the inaugural Basketball Team Camp.

The Team Camp is the first of several summer camps planned by NSU Women's Basketball head coach Fala Bullock.

From June 11-13, Bullock, NSU basketball coaching staff, and members of the NSU basketball team hosted varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams from both local and distant schools.

"The camp allows us to bring in teams from outside our local footprint," said Bullock. "It gives teams the opportunity to come in, compete and impress us."

Bullock uses the Basketball Team Camp to scout out future talent.

"We're looking for up-and-coming players to see if they got what it takes," said Bullock. "The camp also allows high school players to see if NSU is the right fit for them."

One of the visiting teams was Star Spencer, from the Oklahoma City area. Wednesday morning, they faced off against Tahlequah High School's varsity team.

"Our season ends in early March, so this camp gives us as coaches the chance to evaluate where we're at before next season," said David Qualls, THS basketball coach.

Qualls hopes to tie up the team's loose ends by the beginning of the fall semester.

"We're really looking for the effort from each player," said Qualls. "We want to see who's getting in the gym, who's trying hard on the court."

Faith Springwater, THS varsity forward, focused on improving her game.

"We're here to get better," said Springwater. "Before next season, we need to be able to make outside shots because it's hard to score sometimes."

Despite her serious work ethic, she also wanted to enjoy herself during the summer camp.

"We train, but we also have fun," said Springwater. "We're a close-knit group. It's fun to see our scrappy and aggressive playing on the court."

With the Team Camp coming to a close, Bullock looks forward to future summer camps.

On Sunday, June 16, incoming ninth-graders can attend the Elite Camp 1-6 p.m. For younger players ages 5-13, the Kids Camp is July 15-18 from 9 a.m. to noon. Both camps cost $75.

Check it out

To sign up, visit riverhawksbasketballcamps.com. For more information, call Heidi Messer, NSU Women's Basketball assistant coach, at 918-444-3902.

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