Throughout its second half of the season run to a AAA state playoff berth, Camden has relied on Josh Sumpter to do its heavy lifting.
There is digging yourself an early hole and then there is the plight which the Camden girls found themselves in on Monday.
Stepping back inside after getting some fresh air outside the Camden High gym, Natalie Jeffcoat probably wished her team could have done the same earlier Monday evening.
Monday was supposed to have been the day in which the Camden basketball team was to implement the game plan for Tuesday night's scheduled game with Chapin.
One of the biggest problems which North Greenville University had on defense last season was slowing down the running game. In 11 contests last fall, opponents averaged nearly 230 yards on the ground against the Crusaders.
When you are a guest in a stranger's house, nothing makes you feel more welcomed than the host taking a moment to stop by and introduce himself to you.
Should Camden, which is ranked 17th in the latest AAA scmatc.com poll, finish in fourth place in Region 4-AAA, the Bullldogs will head to Region 3 champion Union County for Saturday's AAA Upper State wrestling tournament opener.
It was a road which Camden had been down twice before this season and each time, the Bulldogs arrived at a dead end.
Seeing as how Dreher starts three players who check in at better than 6-feet tall, it puts the onus on the Lady Blue Devils' opponents to make the best of their looks at the basket. In all likelihood, the first shot may well be the only one each trip down the floor.
Just when Camden thought it had a big fish on the end of its line, the Bulldogs left it get away.
Looks don't come much clearer than this.
Facing the meat of the Chapin order in what amounted to the bottom of the ninth inning, Camden was unable to complete the upset of the second-ranked Eagles.
Coming off a one-sided loss to powerful Dreher three nights earlier, Camden girls' basketball coach Natalie Jeffcoat was interested to see how her team would respond with soon-to-be 4A entry Westwood in town for a rainy Friday night contest.
When Westwood came out in a 2-3 zone and stayed in that defensive scheme throughout the night, Camden head coach Ron McKie must have felt like a kid who found a leftover gift from Santa behind the tree.
Camden's players and several of its fans seated in the rows behind the Lady Bulldogs' bench found out just what Natalie Jeffcoat's breaking point was during Friday's game with River Bluff.
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