Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Blogging and Basketball

For the past few months, since mid-November, I have found it difficult to add very many posts to my blog because of the time commitment involved in coaching basketball. Our season came to an end last Saturday night as the Lady Warriors lost in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Playoffs.

What a game! We fell behind by as many as 14 points early, trailed by 12 at halftime, and were still down by 8 at the beginning of the fourth quarter. It was still 8 with three minutes to play, but the girls did not quit and made quite a comeback, closing the lead to three with 5.9 seconds to play. The only problem was that the best player on the other team (Avalon, from Catalina Island) had two free throws coming, and we knew that if she made even one of them, the game was over. After both free throws were missed, we came down court, got the ball to one of our guards, who had not made a basket the entire game, and everyone in the gym held their collective breath as she shot a three-pointer, the clock expired with the ball in the air, and it banked in to tie the game. This was the first time we had been tied since 0-0.

The game went overtime, and we just could not quite get it done, and we ended up losing by 5 points. Nevertheless, it was a game that was a great deal of fun. Those kinds of games make coaching enjoyable, but they also give coaches lots of gray hairs.

Now that the dust has settled, I may find I have more time to post articles on my blog. We’ll see.

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