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Local High School Basketball Teams Build Chemistry at WCU's Shootout

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High school basketball teams continue to build chemistry at a local university.

William Carey's high school basketball shootout brings in more competition for new local participants.

South Jones played in the shootout for the first time on Friday.

Braves head coach Dustin Millwood says playing against the varied competition is refreshing for his team.

"This is a great experience. We play a lot of different teams here and that really helps because we get tired of playing ourselves in scrimmage and practice, so coming to these shoot-outs we play a lot of different teams and learn a lot of different things, and that really prepares us for the season."

Senior point guard Brandon Lewis says playing different teams prepares the Braves for more than just the regular season.

"It's going to be good for us, because during the playoffs you don't know who you're going to play."

Millwood says it's up to his veterans like Lewis to create strong team chemistry.

"The older guys have to lay the foundation for the younger guys, and the younger guys have to look up to them, follow their lead, and the older guys have to set a good example for them."

Petal was another participant at today's shootout, playing at William Carey for the second time this week.

"I think that's good for all of us to be competitive and just have fun playing basketball."

The Panther point guard adds that playing in the shoot-out gives his team a strong identity.

"It also builds chemistry over the summer so when the season comes, we can play better together."

The shoot-out continues on Monday when the women retake the court. The men return to action on Tuesday.

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