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Payton Lee dives on the floor for the loose ball. Lee got an opportunity to work with the starters in the Fairview Summer League and has been one of the Lady Tigers’ most improved players this off-season.

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Hopelin Hood drives hard to the basket in Fairview Summer League. Their action in Fairview was the final competition of the off-season for the Lady Tigers.

(Photos by Austin Smith)

Improvement continues to be message for Lady Tigers

As June comes to a close, the Canton Lady Tigers have concluded their summer basketball camps and will now turn their attention to open gym nights for the remainder of the off-season. Coach David Baldwin and the Lady Tigers wrapped up their team work with one final summer league in Fairview.

While in Fairview, the Lady Tigers continued their development toward rebuilding a team that lost three of their starters from the 2018-2019 roster. Replacing those starters won’t be an easy task, but these camps are designed to get a lot of work in order to jump start that process.

Part of the rebuilding includes the implementation of offensive and defensive sets that cater to the skillsets of returning contributors such as Hopelin Hood, Arianna Green and Taylor Dowell, as well as the up and coming cast of athletes that will be stepping into bigger roles.

“Those three are going to have to handle the ball and lead the offense,” stated Baldwin. “Roxy did that last year, but someone has to take that role. I’ve noticed in the summer leagues so far, they are doing that. We have a different offense where we are attacking more, and the more we play the better those three are getting at leading the way.”

Improvement has been the goal set from the top of the roster on down, and while it was starting to become more evident in Fairview, Coach Baldwin understands that consistent success won’t come easy or quick.



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