last weekend basketball

Friday night, we went as a family to watch UW Women’s basketball vs Oregon State. (Two friends from MsS team were there, too.) MrG watched the whole game, sitting next to his mommy…I did a bit of explore the bleachers with MrCuddles and MsSqueaky.

Saturday was MsSqueaky’s game. Her teacher from school showed up to watch, how cool is that! Also, very beginning of the game, MsS was running, the girl guarding her was chasing, MsS quickly stopped, and got slammed into by the other girl. She hit the floor pretty hard, the crowd gasped. And I went to gather her, held her for a few minutes, cheered her up, explained it was an accident, and soon she was ready to go back out on the floor. (Soccer benefit, the grass is much softer than hardwood floor.) And if I may brag about my daughter for a moment… She was standing on the right block, coach told her to move, she ran around a bit, got a pass from coaches daughter, dribbled back to right block, was open, and made the shot! (She had two baskets Saturday!)

Sunday, Papa & MsSqueaky time, we went to watch UW Women’s basketball vs Oregon. She watched some of the game, and cheered at the right time, or asked questions. But, we went to the snack bar a couple of times, and climbed to the highest seats and circled the arena.

If I haven’t mentioned it, I am lucky to be the Assistant-to-the-Coach for MsSqueaky’s basketball team. I am loving it.

When we show up for a game, I try to get the girls practicing shots. They kinda line up close to the free throw line, and chaotically take turns. I stand under the basket, saying encouragement “nice quick shot” or “you’re making me smile” and collect the rebound, either passing or tipping it left or right, barking out, “you go get that ball, that’s your ball”. If I see them carrying the ball I call out, “Dribble. Dribble all the time. I want you to dream about dribbling.”

At first, Coach’sDaughter (CD) was the star, I’ve known her for a few years, and she LOVES to play ball. She is fast on rebounds, loves to dribble around defenders, and will quickly steal any lazy pass. But by now, seems the team has gotten a lot better, and are trusting themselves, and each other. It’s great fun to watch from the sidelines.

Now if I may brag about our team

CD: still fast on rebounds, loves to dribble around defenders, but is learning to trust her teammates and has started collecting assists. (Often she’ll pass to MsSqueaky) Frustrates her dad when she takes long shots.
KH and SH… sisters, and they have started doing smothering defense. Srsly, they will get up very close and in the face of the girl they are guarding as soon as she stops dribbling. Coach taught that. SH had a buzzer beater to end the game last week.
EK… good all-around player, one of our taller girls. Probably our second best scorer, (and is more efficient than our best scorer.)
Q… a few games ago was upset that the girl kept stealing from her. Coach explained that you can do that now. And now, Q is on a mission. I would not be surprised someday if she earns ten steals.
MsS… is getting better emotionally. Last year, she didn’t care. This year they are “keeping score” and that bothered her. (Coach and I don’t keep track of the score.) But she’s calming down, worrying less aboot the height of the basket, dribbling with confidence and even switch hands on the dribble in response to a defender. Seems most games she hits at least one open shot. (I just wish she would rebound like she did last year. Last year she was sweeping the floor going for the loose ball.)
AV and AR… sisters. They may be put-off by my over the top acting. So I try to calm it down for them, but still give them high-fives and say I’m happy to see them when they arrive. AV is getting better on defense. AR has become a scoring threat if left open.

Wow, this has been fun! I am seriously considering continuing next season…but what if the chemistry is different? This team is awesome, maybe I should quit on a high-note.

Ways I need to improve… names… I still get AR and AR mixed up. KH and SH mixed up sometimes, too. Also… I need to get better at tailoring my play to their levels. I think I can do this decently one-on-one…but if there is a group, or I have to quickly switch to the next player during a drill, my default might be a bit too tough. (Another way to read this is I’m a horrible person, and I am too competitive against 8 year olds. I hope I just get caught up in the excitement…but there’s always the chance that I am in fact, a horrible person. God be with me.)



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