It’s the day! The day we get to play a rematch against numer one team in the country. I got out of bed happy, ready to play. The whole day I wasn’t thinking about anything else. As the game was coming closer, I started feeling my stomach working, almost like I had butterflies in it. That’s it. We are in the locker room getting ready to play. My palms become sweaty, and I start to overthink. When we stepped on that court I was trying not to think about anything besides the ball, the rim and my teammates. But I forgot to think about myself. I made two fouls in range of 30 seconds. I was unable to play till the end of first half. The team played good. We played tough on defense, they couldn’t score at all. All of the points they made came from our offensive mistakes. It’s all good. We are down in the locker room with 20 more minutes to play against national champion, and we are tied. Not many schools can say that. I started to get relaxed. We’re up on the court again. We continue to play hard, but they still manage to press us on defense, so we kept making mistakes. I got to play again. I stepped on that court and tried my best to help the team. I played hard on defense, but I didn’t finish hard on offense. I kept telling myself it’s all good, reff gave me free throws. I made 3 out of 4, I was not satisfied. Then on the other end a guy 10 inches shorter than me got a rebound over me, and then both me and coach realized it’s not my day. He benched me for the rest of the game. The team couldn’t get any closer to the win. We lost. But we learned something from that loss. It doesn’t matter if we play good defense, we must still play good and mature offense. Photo cred South Kent School.