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Life with the Lady Flames: Megan's Minute
Well, we had our first road trip of the season this past weekend. Since we lost to VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) in our first game, we were put into a consolation bracket in the Preseason WNIT. We were assigned to play at Western Carolina along with Lafayette, UC Riverside and Western Carolina. It was a pretty fun road trip!
We also have a week off from school this week, because of Thanksgiving break, which is nice. A lot of the girls chose to spend the bus ride catching up on some much-needed rest. Some of the other girls, including myself, worked on some schoolwork on the bus. I always enjoy road trips, because there is a lot of quality bonding time as a team.
One thing that is always fun, is to find out who you will be rooming with for each particular road trip. It is pretty neat, because we rotate roommates for each road game. As a result, we have a chance to room with every single person on the team throughout the course of the year! My first roommate was Becca Lightfoot (a fellow senior on the team).
We left Lynchburg on Thursday morning and then had practice in the afternoon at Western Carolina. Friday was game day for us! We were matched up with UC Riverside on the first day. It was a hard-fought game throughout, with various lead changes during the game. It was a pretty exciting game down to the very last second.
We were up by two points with about six seconds to go in the game. UC Riverside then passed the ball in bounds and a girl hit a three-pointer on us, which put them up by one with just under four seconds left in the game. Coach Green then called a timeout, and we ran a play that allowed us to get the ball across half court, where we then called another timeout. Coach drew up another play, and we attempted to run it, but UC Riverside intercepted the ball. Next thing I know, the referee blew the whistle. I was thinking someone fouled the girl who had intercepted the pass. We came to find out the girl had traveled, which gave us the ball back one last time.
I looked up at the clock, and we had 0.9 seconds left to play and possession of the ball under our basket. Coach drew up another play that we executed perfectly. It truly was a great team win! Everyone did what they were supposed to do, and we ended up making a layup to win the game! That game goes to show you, that no matter what, a person should never give up and should always keep fighting. The Lord chose to bless us on Friday night. I know there are not too many situations when a team is behind with 0.9 seconds to go and is still able to win the game.
On Saturday, we played Western Carolina (the winner of the game between Western Carolina and Lafayette). I was not able to play, because in the last second of the previous night's game, I sprained my ankle. How I wish I could have played, but the Lord had other plans.
Western Carolina was a tough game for us, and we ended up coming out on the short end. It is tough to lose anytime, but I think through the loss we will gain knowledge of things that each and every one of us need to work on and improve for the betterment of the team. We have a lot of talent on the team, but also a lot of youth. With each and every game, we will continue to unify and draw closer to one another.
Saturday night, everyone on the team was a little down, but we were able to spend some quality time with one another. We went back to our hotel and ate in one of the restaurants there. It was a lot of fun, because our team had our own room to eat in. It was a great time to be able to talk with each other and really just enjoy one another. We all know there is more to life than basketball, so it was great being able to chill off the court as a team.
We had a lot of laughs that night. Each of us went around and shared what we did not like to eat, but probably one of the funniest things I heard all night was from Rachel Hammond. She was doing a pretend toast with water and she said, "There are steel ships, and there are wood ships, but the best ships are FRIENDSHIPS." Everybody started dying laughing, but that statement really is true.
As I think about Thanksgiving time approaching, I reflect back. I truly am thankful for the many friends the Lord has brought into my life. I have so many things to be thankful for in my life. I am most thankful to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! He is who I live for and who I desire to follow. As we approach this Thanksgiving, I encourage everyone to take time and think about who or what you are thankful for!
Well, I guess that is all from me for now. Our next games are this coming weekend, when we play in a Thanksgiving tournament at George Washington in Washington, D.C. We will keep you posted on how we do!
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Previous Life with the Lady Flames entries
Oct. 28 - Moriah Frazee
Nov. 4 - Rebecca Lightfoot
Nov. 11 - Molly Frazee
Nov. 18 - Alexandria Bream