Rockdale finds its swagger
Lady 'Dogs confident after summer work

CONYERS - Rockdale girls basketball coach Alex Springs was pleased with the confidence his squad developed during its summer workouts.

"I saw a wealth of confidence developing in several different players in which they lacked last year," Springs said. "Several players stood out, played hard and were very aggressive."

The Lady Bulldogs are coming off a 6-21 season that ended with a 71-26 loss to Madison County in the opening round of the Region 8-AAAA Tournament. Rockdale started last season by dropping 10 of its first 11 games.

The Lady Bulldogs' biggest victory was a 52-20 upset of county rival Heritage in early January. Rockdale also beat Monroe Area 49-40 in the play-in game of the Region 8-AAAA Tournament.

This summer, Springs' first at the helm of the Lady Bulldogs, he stressed fundamentals and team chemistry to his squad.

"We tried to focus on the basic fundamentals of the game of basketball as well as developing chemistry," he said. "We played as much basketball as we possibly could. We participated in two different team camps (Clayton State and Shorter College) that allowed us to face some of the top teams in the states of Georgia and Alabama."

The Lady Bulldogs will focus on weight lifting, physical conditioning and individual coaching sessions as they wait for practice to officially begin Oct. 26.

Jeff Gillespie can be reached at jeff.gillespie@rockdalecitizen.com.