Editor's note: Scott Kreiger is writing a blog post about his experiences as the Indiana Girls All-Star coach.
Not the Start We Wanted
Monday was a busy day – actually, they are all busy this week – with a morning walkthrough after breakfast and then packing up for our first exhibition game against the Junior All-Stars at Seymour.
We had lunch at Texas Roadhouse and the proprietor, Matt Matthias, treated the teams, coaches, and support staff to a nice steak dinner. It was unusual because the restaurant was not even open for business, so we had the place to ourselves.
We headed onto Seymour and arrived about two hours before the 6 p.m. game time. The Juniors were working out on the court since this was their only time to get together prior to the game. Our group shot around a little bit, visited with family and friends, and relaxed during that span of free time.
Seymour had all the bases covered as Beth DeVinney, a former All-Star coach who is headed for a new job at Lebanon, once again did a great job organizing all the details that emerge when trying to put together an event like this one.
The game didn't go as we had hoped; we lost 86-75. We had a couple dry stretches where we just couldn't score and it seemed like every time we got a little momentum, one of the juniors would hit a three-pointer.
They were a stunning 12 of 26 from behind the line, a percentage that is not typical for long-range shooting. We tried to switch some things up and played lots of different combinations in an effort to get a feel for our team. Just like any night, some girls played well and some struggled. In the end, the talented Junior team was just a little bit better than we were.
At halftime of the boys game, the girls team and coaches signed autographs for a long line of fans who had programs, posters, T-shirts, magazines and basketballs to sign. It was one of the many neat experiences we have had, and it's been a blessing to have had this opportunity. After the signing, we went back in to our seats behind the bench and cheered the boys on to a 104-97 win over their junior counterparts.
It was a long, dark drive back to Marian University and breakfast came a little later this morning, which was nice. I was especially pleased with the intense, high-energy workout that followed. Often, the day after a tough loss leaves everyone feeling deflated. Our girls went like gangbusters through the morning session.
After a nice meal at Cracker Barrel, we came back for a lighter practice this afternoon, but the girls were still competing and getting after each other physically. All things considered, it was a very good day of work for us.
Tuesday, we'll have some food catered in from the Marian Food Service folks and then most of us will gather in the 3rd floor lounge to watch the Celtics and Heat play. Wednesday, it will be a morning workout, lunch at Hollyhock Hill, and then the rematch with the juniors at Pendleton Heights. Game time will be 6 p.m. for the girls followed by the boys.
We're looking forward to it.