Lady Bulldawg Team Camp

Las Cruces High girls basketball coach Matt Abney put on his Lady Bulldawg Team Camp last week, and overall I think it was very successful.

I’m quickly learning that it’s impossible to be everywhere at once and schedules don’t always work out perfectly, so I inevitably miss some choice games.

Tularosa's Iris Rodriguez drives to the basket.

Tularosa's Iris Rodriguez drives to the basket.

Since I don’t get to see many teams outside the Las Cruces area during the regular season, I usually try to catch some of the smaller teams or ones that are further away–I then use the shots for the Big Time Hoops website. This time around I got some good looks at the Hobbs, Rio Rancho, Silver, NM School for the Deaf and Dora teams.

El Paso Jefferson and LCHS battle it out in the beautifully lit Las Cruces High gym.

El Paso Jefferson and LCHS battle it out in the beautifully lit Las Cruces High gym.

For the teams I’m more familiar with, it’s a good opportunity to see who has moved up from the JV ranks and see all the new faces on the JV teams. Personally, I’m interested to see how Mayfield and Las Cruces do this next season with some top-notch talent graduating (Godfrey, Adams and Franzoy). I’m sure Abney and Maya will find a way to tweak their squads and keep it competitive and entertaining for the fans. Mesilla Valley is sporting a new coach in Brad Bailey (their fourth in four years). Hopefully he’ll stick around to give his team some consistency and let them develop.

Chaparral's Erika Talamantes, left, helps teammate Kathleen Barto up.

Chaparral's Erika Talamantes, left, helps up teammate Kathleen Barto.

Obviously, it’s impossible to tell how the teams are going gel up, but it’s fun to watch the girls play their hearts out.

Check out the Lady Bulldawg Team Basketball Camp photo gallery.

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