Every dribble is precious.
That’s the way Westminster Christian Academy boys basketball team head coach Steve Crouse has had to approach the Lions’ summer practices this year.
Usually the gym is in volleyball mode by late July. The novel coronavirus has changed the summer and potentially the fall.
The Georgia Association of Private and Parochial Schools has allowed high school teams to get back on the court for conditioning and intrasquad scrimmages.
Crouse and the Lions have been trying to make the best of their time on the court in the second half of the summer. Crouse knows that there’s no guarantee that the Lions will be playing a typical season in November and December.
The goal is to control what can be controlled and improve while they can.
“It’s challenging on one hand, but on the other hand it really helps emphasize to the guys to just be grateful that we have a chance to practice today,” Crouse said. “Let’s go hard today and hopefully we have a chance to get better and play in November. Let’s not miss the benefit of this opportunity and be grateful for it. This is summer practice and we don’t know when the next one will be. That’s a step we try and take every time we get together in the gym.”
The Lions lost a lot of seniors to graduation from their Final Four team. The seniors of 2021 have already begun to assert their leadership as well as players that have seen significant playing time last season.
The Lions will look different. Crouse has used the summer practices to implement a new style to fit with the new edition of the Lions. There is a lot youth and enthusiasm in the program.
“We got a lot of young guys that want to get in the gym and work,” Crouse said. “We’re a little shorter. We’re trying to round out what we lost and really look at how we can compete in the region. I like the enthusiasm and the effort. The guys are making a point to be here. That’s really good.”