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Kristen Veseleny Women's Basketball Player Blog -- Entry #3

Posted on Jan. 31, 2012 (11:30 a.m.)



Hello again!

With a week of school under our belt, everyone seems to be adjusting just fine.  The first week back is always hard. 

We’ve been having tough practices.  We had to prepare first for Carlow and then for Daemen. 

During practice, coach always preaches defense.  We do a series of defensive drills.  There is one specific drill we do called “three man close out”. 

(There are a total of three lines, one line in each corner and one at the top of the key.  One corner starts with the ball.  When coach says go, the person with the ball passes to the girl in the middle.  Then the girl in the middle passes to the other corner.  While this is going on, the girl that started with the ball is running to try and not let the person receiving the ball drive to the hoop or take a shot.)

It is a tough drill.  Everyone is so competitive with it, and I think this is what makes our team mesh so well on defense.  Everyone pushes each other.

After practice on Monday, coach told us he would let us know if we got any top 25 votes.  If we heard from him, it would be a good thing.  If we didn’t hear from him..well you can figure that out.  No one received a text from coach. 

Later that night, we found out that we received one vote.  ONE.  After everything we have already accomplished, we were disappointed.  Don’t get me wrong.  This is the first top 25 vote we received, and I am happy/proud about that but We hoped we would have gotten more votes.  This just gives all of us more motivation!

Our determination paid off when we faced Carlow University on Tuesday, January 24 at home.  The game went well.  We won, making that a 10 game win streak and keeping us undefeated in conference play!  Em Shartner came out hot again and finished the game with 22 points! 

Another positive is that everyone involved with the team notices that more and more people are filling the stands.  It is a great feeling to come out of the locker room and see a gym full of fans!  We appreciate everyone that attends our games.

On Friday, the team got together at Brittany Dunmire, Kristen Beatty and Jonc’s house to tie-dye and make signs for the big game on Saturday against Daemen.  The game was our “pink” game to raise awareness for breast cancer.  We had a blast. April even cooked the team dinner, spaghetti and meatballs!  I’ll give credit where credit is due and Ape can cook. 

On Saturday, we faced Daemen.  We were the only two teams undefeated in the conference.  The game was huge!  Thankfully, there was a fan van and the turn out for our game was unbelievable!  I have never seen CCAC South packed like that before.  Since it was our “pink” game, Coach thought it would be a good idea to have an honorary coach -- Maeve’s mom, Nancy.  She got to spend time with us in the locker room and got to sit on the bench with the team during the game. 

Needless to say, thanks to the motivation from our honorary coach and the awesome fan turnout, we won by the score of 51-43.  I couldn’t be happier for my team and everyone, once again, came to play.  Great win ladies! We even got to celebrate our victory with practice on Sunday! 

Please keep supporting us because your support pumps us up to continue with such great success!


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