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.
Natalia Allen only knows one way of how to play her favorite sport, basketball: hard. The name of the game is intimidation for Natalia who is always putting forth her best effort. Allen plays with aggression, intensity and effort game in and game out. She is simply known for it and expected to exhibit it. Natalia Allen, 13, is a player that gives her all, all the time.
For many coaches, getting to see players they have coached grow up and evolve into better competitors can be more rewarding than winning.
“I coach just to help out to teach them the game and the fundamentals of it,” said Dan Feiertag, an assistant coach for the St. Charles Sting. “It will help these girls get to the next level of competition, like playing at the high school.”
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.
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.
There aren’t many basketball coaches who have to worry about being a coach and a dad at the same time. Dan Schmucker is one of the few.
For 12 years, Schmucker has coached both of his daughter’s basketball teams. He started by coaching his oldest daughter’s Catholic Youth Council team, from kindergarten to high school. He gained experience coaching that team and that experience is paying off.
Coach of the Mid Missouri Shooters Steve Walton believes his center/forward Samantha Heck can do it all herself, but usually doesn’t.
Heck, of Middletown, Mo., has played basketball since she was in kindergarten. The 13-year-old Heck has played on 11 different teams, including the Shooters. On Friday during the opening round of the 13-and-under Show-Me Games girls basketball tournament, Heck warmed up with her Shooter teammates preparing to play the Crusaders from Springfield, Mo. At 6-foot, Heck was tallest player on the court.
When you’re on the bench you never know how much playing time you’ll receive. When you enter the game you have a burning desire to prove to your team, your coaches, and yourself that you deserve a starting position. What’s hard about being a bench player is you have good days and you have bad days, just like everyone else, but the bad days seem to be what the coaches remember.
When it comes to playing sports for point guard Lindsey Erickson, basketball is her first choice. Erickson is member of the Springfield, Mo., Crusaders competitive basketball team, but that doesn’t prevent her from being involved with other sports.
Kevin Teevan, Independence Starzz basketball coach, is trying to reach the same goal he did last year. Teevan is trying to coach the Starzz to the 13-and- Under competitive division championship.
The Capital City Lady Knights couldn’t pass up an opportunity to pass.
The Capital City Lady Knights from Jefferson City displayed their basketball skills on Friday in round-robin play in the 13-and-under girls’ tournament in the Show-Me State Games at Brewer Field House.