Todays words are; ego, pier, freight, pace, solo
Shanika was a needed boost to the team. In scrimmage she was hard to defend and on defense she was hard to shoot over or go around.
There was a problem. She knew many of the teams they'd play against would be outmatched and they'd build a big lead quickly. If he sent in second string half way through the first half then varsity would lose conditioning when it would be needed against better opponents.
This led to the snide remark the there were three things that should be done in the dark: sex, kick the can, and women's basketball.
Their first game was a prize example. They were ahead thirty to five after seven minutes. She purposely made them slow the pace down, but kept the first team in for the rest of the half.
In the second half she put Shanika in with the second team and let her play solo offence for five minutes. The others only blocked and passed, Shanika scored. Then played only defense for the next five minutes. When the score was sixty to twenty and the other coached yelled, "Call the dogs off!" She pulled her and put the rest of the first team back in.
The next day she went out on the small pier on the lake in the middle of campus to think. She needed someone to challenge the team and the only solution bothered her. Making up her mind she went to the gym and cornered Coach Adams, the men's basketball coach.
"Tony," she asked would it bother you if your JV team would play a pick-up game with my girls once a week?"
Tony smiled, "That Shanika's like a freight train isn't she?"
"Think you're guys are up to stopping her?"
"How's Wednesday sound?" Tony said.
"Meet you then," adding, "hope she doesn't beat up on George too badly. I'd hate to damage his ego."