With 54 seconds to warm up and having not taken a shot, the Lady Hornets were unprepared, and point guard Amber Harris knew it.
“Starting the game I was worried because we were all a little cold but we got into it,” Harris said.
The Lady Hornets from Fair Play had prepared about one month before the Show-Me State Games on Friday. This tournament was the first time the team has played a game since starting its junior high summer league in June. The final score was 44-15. Its opponent, the Lady Wolfpack from the Columbia area, is a competitive traveling team that has had game and tournament experience this summer.
As the Lady Hornets walked into Brewer Field House just 1 1⁄2 minutes before tip-off, they were in trouble even before the buzzer.
“They had already run through plays and were in the huddle by the time we even got there,” Harris said.
A lack of preparation wasn’t the Lady Hornets’ only problem. Harris, 4 feet 11, looked up and saw a large problem.
“I saw their size when I came in and knew right away that we had to work that much harder,” Harris said.
Despite knowing they were underdogs, Harris and fellow point guard Hillary Sitton tried to stay positive.
“After the first half, we pretty much knew we wouldn’t do it, but you always have to try,” Sitton said.
Said Harris; “Definitely. You can’t give up.”