It would have been easy for her to have quit basketball in junior high or after he freshman year. I am sure she was probably told by others not to go out. And she probably heard, “The coaches have already decided who is going to play, you are not going to play.” But she continued to play. As a sophomore she was one of her team’s leading scorers. As a junior, she was one of the varsity’s leading scorers. We are certainly glad she continued to play basketball.
I take advantage of my advocacy period to work ahead and any free time at school I might have. If I have practice or a game later, I will try to get school work out of the way and done, I have always believed I am a STUDENT before an athlete and will do what it takes including late nights after games if needed to get it done. My typical day between basketball and school runs from 6:20 am until 9 pm or sometimes later.
My favorite memory of the summer was playing and spending time with the team at the Maine West tournament. We played well against good sized teams and it just felt like the system was really working well for us. Also, getting to go to down town Chicago and shopping and eating and seeing the sites. Of course Jamie Johnson as always provided us with some good laughs.