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Allyson's Angle: An Inside Look at the Lady Flames' Preseason
Hello Lady Flames fans!
I am so excited I have been asked to blog during the preseason! I hope this will allow everyone to stay informed on what's going on within our program and give you a little peek into the personality and character of our team.
We officially started practice at the end of last week, and I can't believe our first exhibition game is only about three weeks away. Where did the time go? It seems like we just started school and preseason workouts. While it went by fast, I'm not sad to see that part of the preseason go.
Preseason workouts are tough. Waking up at 5 a.m. three days a week and working out before the sun even starts to come up can be grueling. My roommate (Rebecca Lightfoot) and I would always wonder what other people were doing up at 5:15 a.m. We would be driving onto campus and see students walking or jogging, and we would ask each other, "What's wrong with these people? Why are they up? It's 5:15 a.m.!"
Now, I'm a morning person, but 5 a.m. is too early for me! Luckily, we all have great attitudes and are able to pick each other up, when we don't feel like running the stadium steps in the dark!
Also, our strength coach is the best. Coach Williams is such a great guy, and it's easy to see how much he cares about us and how much he wants us to succeed, both on and off the court. That makes it easier to go in and get to work – knowing he is pushing us because he wants us to be at our very best when the season starts. I know we don't say it enough, but we appreciate all he does for us!
After all of the preseason conditioning of running hills, stadiums and 22's on the court, I feel like our team is in good shape and ready to hit the court running. It has taken a few days to go from conditioning shape to basketball shape, but after a week of practice, I think we're getting there.
Our first week has included a lot of teaching. With four new freshmen (and great freshmen I'd have to say) and two new coaches, we've been going back to the fundamentals, to make sure everyone is on the same page with our offensive and defensive philosophies.
I feel for the freshmen sometimes, because it seems like we throw everything at them, explain it and then they get to see if they can execute it. It's a lot of information coming their way, but they're adjusting well. The upperclassmen get a chance to help out with the process, with encouragement and little tips and suggestions we have picked up along the way.
As the veterans, we kind of set the tone for practice. It's our job to come in and show the freshmen what it takes every day. If we bring that level of intensity and effort, it forces everyone else to bring it too.
I am so excited about this upcoming season. This team feels different than teams we have had in the past. We just have so much fun together and truly enjoy each other's company. You would think two or more hours per day at practice would be enough, but we just can't get enough of each other! Five of us even took a road trip for Fall Break.
Becca, Rachel (Hammond), Kittery, RaeMac (McLeod) and I all piled into Becca's Bronco and headed south. We dropped RaeMac off with her sister in Greensboro, and the rest of us headed for Georgia. Kittery went home, Rachel stayed with her older brother in Atlanta and I stayed with the Lightfoot's for the long weekend. It was a blast. We had Becca's iPod and Starbucks, and we were good to go!
The trip was long, but we made it fun, stopping at an outlet mall, throwing a football in a Subway parking lot, making Starbucks pit stops and being so excited when we randomly found a Moe's Southwest Grill on the ride home. It is trips like this that I will never forget and will be able to remember long after basketball is over.
Well, I hope all of you are as excited about the upcoming season as I am! I can't wait to start playing.
Countdown to the Nov. 8 exhibition game: 18 days.
Until Next Time,