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William Carey Youth Basketball Camp Features Battle for Gender Supremacy

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The second day of William Carey's youth basketball camp brings in about 45 male and female participants, setting the stage for a battle of gender supremacy.

In one friendly competition, boys and girls line up on opposite sides of the court in a seated position, passing the ball down the line until the whistle blows.

The two players left holding a ball then sprint to opposing baskets, with the first camper to make a lay up eliminating a member of the opposition.

The last two players remaining decide the winner by duck crawling to half court, then racing to make a lay up from their knees.

While 15-year-old camper Zach Johnson can dunk, the boys still fell short to the girls, who were led by the Lady Crusaders.

Aside from friendly competition, campers, coaches and players say gender dynamics don't factor into the overall camp experience.

"To me it feels the same," says 7th grade camper Lauren Seymarth.

"We all have to go through the same things to get to a scholarship - girl or boy - so it doesn't matter," says 11th grade camper Johnson.

"That's something that the girls and boys will remember is having an actual player give some instruction to them," says William Carey assistant men's basketball coach Scotty Fletcher.

"It really doesn't matter to me. I mean I almost kind of like the boys because the boys are more competitive. They have that more competitive spirit about them, but I'm a girl so of course I'm more biased towards girls," says William Carey senior shooting guard Lauren Douglas.

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