The Tri-Lakes Shootout has taken over basketball gyms across Sedalia since Thursday.
More than 40 basketball teams, from the middle school level to varsity, took part in the three-day event.
Smith-Cotton had its varsity, JV and freshman teams participating.
“By the end of the weekend we’ll have 30 games among out three teams, so it’s a pretty good amount,” said Smith-Cotton varsity coach Brennan Scanlon. “It’s good for the kids.”
With so many games being played throughout the three days, it allows players to get in basketball shape.
“It’s good conditioning,” Scanlon said. “It’s here in town. What else are you going to do. It’s good for them to stay active.”
The shootout is a part of a busy month for the Smith-Cotton Tigers.
They hosted a camp to start the month and have played games in Jefferson City. The team plans to return to the capital city and also play games at the University of Central Missouri.
Scanlon said he likes seeing how the youth of the program does during the shootouts.
“Especially with the younger kids, we’re watching them play to see who can do what and see what they do well and what they can improve on,” he said.
The Tri-Lakes Shootout has been especially busy for the Knob Noster girls since it only fielded six girls.
The team played five games Friday alone.
“We saw a lot of different types of teams,” said first-year head coach Deron Binkley. “With six girls it’s kind of tough to be somewhat successful, but our girls really stepped up and they did what I asked them to do.”
The Lady Panthers played a variety of teams from Class 1 schools all the way up to Class 5 Smith-Cotton.
“We got pushed by a couple of bigger schools like Harrisonville and Smith-Cotton,” Binkley said. “They pushed the floor and we had to get back, so it’s very much a good conditioning event.”
Binkley said the shootout has allowed him to see how the Lady Panthers handle different styles of play and see where they can improve.
“One team may push the ball and see how we handle it and see where we need to improve,” he said. “It’s an experience kind of thing for our girls so we can see where we are at, a baseline of where we are at so we can progress.”
Saturday is the final day of the shootout, with 17 games being played at three different locations.