Two Smiths Coaching At Local Basketball Clinic

Family reunion time at a Faith Academy summer youth basketball camp. Mike Smith, Texas High School Basketball Hall Of Famer, joined on this coaching staff by his daughter. Patty Norwood, and her husband, Jeff, who are both high school hoops coaches in Tupelo, Mississippi. I talked with both the coaches Smith. Patty Norwood was a key player on the Victoria High School Stingarettes 1989 State finalists and later played at Schreiner University. Said coach Smith, “It’s fun because we’ve done it a long time ago, we worked camps together and of course we had the summer league that we started and everything. So it’s kind of like old times.” Said coach Patty Norwood, “I mean it’s just something that I’ve always wanted to do just to be around him, like a legend. It’s always good to come back home and do something that we both love together.”

NEW YORK (AP) – Elena Delle Donne and Candace Parker will captain the WNBA All-Star teams in two weeks.

Maya Moore was the top vote getter, but told the league she was unable to perform the captain duties giving Parker the chance as the third-place finisher in the voting done by fans, players, coaches and the media.

Parker and Delle Donne will draft players from the 20 other All-Stars who were announced Tuesday. That group of All-Stars includes Sue Bird, who made a record 11th All-Star Game breaking a tie with Tamika Catchings for most all-time.

Rookie A’ja Wilson will play in her first All-Star contest as well as Jewell Loyd. Dallas Wings center Liz Cambage will play in her second one.

Earlier on Tuesday, she broke the WNBA single-game scoring record when she had 53 points against New York.

The WNBA took conference affiliation out of the midseason game and 16 of the 22 All-Stars were from the Western Conference. That group includes Diana Taurasi, Nneka Ogwumike, Sylvia Fowles and Seimone Augustus. Fowles, Moore and Augustus will get a chance to play in front of their home fans as the All-Star Game is in Minnesota on July 28.

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