It's not all about winning

Saturday, July 17, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 4:47 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

Parents flooded into Brewer Field House on Friday morning as the 13-and-under basketball division of the Show-Me State Games began. Girls came from all over Missouri to compete, and while some of the girls warmed up by shooting layups, Megan Moser of Fredericktown, Mo., concentrated on blocking shots.

As her teammates attempted to shoot, she would shadow them and get into position to block their shots. Although Moser’s team, the Hypers, lost to the Capital City Lady Knights, 48-12, she never gave up.

“My aunt has always inspired me in basketball because she takes it serious but always stresses that it’s more important to play your best no matter what the score,” Moser said. “I’m not out here just to win; I’m out here to get better, stay in shape and to have fun with my friends.”

Moser started playing basketball when she was 5.

“Everyone in my family was always playing so I figured I would try it out.” Moser said.

Basketball for Moser has always been more than just a hobby.

“I have gained so many friendships from playing basketball over the years, and it’s so awesome to be able to travel and go to different tournaments and have all of your close friends right there with you,” Moser said.

Moser competed in the Show-Me State Games for the first time Friday, and even after the loss she walked off the court smiling.

“I thought it was a really cool experience competing in this tournament even though we didn’t get to go on,” Moser said.

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