Lechunda Duncan has been playing basketball since she was in kindergarten, but for the first time she is playing for a club team.
Although Duncan, a post player for the Crusaders of Springfield, Mo., scored just one point the 40-34 victory against Mid-Missouri Shooters, she enjoyed her inaugural Show Me State Games experience. The Crusaders advanced to the next round of the 13-and-under girl’s basketball tournament.
“I have been playing basketball pretty much all my life,” Duncan said. “In kindergarten my step-dad started a team, and I have enjoyed it since then.”
Before joining the Crusaders, Duncan’s father coached every one of her teams.
“We are a pretty solid team,” Duncan said. “We wanted this kind of exposure so we could see how we match up to teams we have never played before.”
Although Duncan did not contribute many points in Friday morning’s game, she enjoys playing the post.
“The ball comes to me a lot, but I can handle it,” Duncan said. “I’ve always played post, that’s just where I feel comfortable.”
Before joining the Crusaders, Duncan played for several organized teams, such as the YMCA, and her schools basketball program. However, she enjoys being a Crusader.
“All the girls on the team have good sportsmanship, and we can all work together,” she said. “If you want it to be, being with the team and getting to know one another can be the best thing next to playing the game, so I enjoy it.
“I’m having fun, because we are all friends, and we like playing together.”