High School Hoops Blog
Nearing the end of the season
By Katie Peterson
The end of the season can be hard for many teams. After lots of sprints,
drills, pep talks and most importantly games, teams can be tired of basketball
and of each other. Recently, our team has not been playing as well as we can.
Our coaches asked us honestly if we were kind of done with this season and just
ready for AAU to start. Most said we were, but if we would just dig down deep
then we can realize that all of our hard work has paid off and we will end this
season very well.
With only a few weeks left in the season, our team has sort
of hit a rough patch. It seems like we have lost our passion for what we are
doing, like we are ready for this year to be over. The last three games we
have lost, so we have sort of given up.
Nevertheless, we can totally win
sectionals. We just have to put the pedal to the metal, and work hard in
practice so that we can be prepared for rough competition in games. Our team
can really play well, as long as we work together, not as individuals.
So lately, practices have been more serious and we have really been doing our
best. We cut harder, run faster and play with more intensity. Hopefully, our
hard work will pay off next week in sectionals, when we play a team that we
have both beat and been beaten by.
We also really need to gain back our
confidence. Our old mentality has come back, where we are just here to play,
instead of here to win. Our coach has said that we go into games asking
ourselves not if we are going to win, but how much we are going to win by.
This is an important aspect of our game: knowing that we can do it.
going into the end of the season, it is important for a team to dig deep and
figure out what it can do to win. Physically we can do it, mentally teams need
to be prepared for anything, and they especially need to be confident. But
most importantly, a team needs to remember to have fun!
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