Summer workouts are nearing an end for Carlisle’s Lady Bison basketball team, and coach Jonathan Buffalo declared the effort a success.


“There was some progress,” Buffalo said Monday. “Obviously, there’s still a lot of work to do before the first week of November, but they put the work in and they’ve gotten better, individually and as a group.


“I’m a firm believer that if you put the work in individually, the whole group will benefit. I’m pleased with what’s been accomplished.”


Since the Arkansas Activities Association’s mandated two-week dead period, the Lady Bison traveled to a team camp at Morrilton.


“We saw some good competition,” Buffalo said. “We played some big schools and some good small schools.”


Among the Lady Bison’s competition were Wonderview, North LIttle Rock’s junior varsity and Huntsville’s JV squad.


“It was good to go over there and get a chance for everybody to play and have a chance to get better,” Buffalo said.


The Lady Bison took with them their new assistant coach, Ryan Johnson, who has been hired to work with Carlisle’s basketball and baseball teams.


“He’s all in and working hard,” Buffalo said. “Having a second person to be at practice is a positive. I haven’t had that before. There are different things we can do as far as breaking down drills and those types of things.”


Buffalo said Johnson coached both junior high teams at Abundant Life last year.


Carlisle is working on fundamentals in practice this week. The junior high squad has finished. The senior Lady Bison will attend a camp at UALR on Monday, Aug. 1 through Wednesday, Aug. 3 before taking a short break before classes begin Aug. 14.