The past two games of the season are the kind of games as a player and coach you dream about being a part of. We're officially mid-way through the season with an overall record of 12-3 and 4-0 tied for first place in our conference, the excitement is real!
Last Sunday we played Rhodes, the back-to-back defending champs ranked 21st in the nation and the front-runner to win the league for a third consecutive year. Going into the game I definitely thought we would win, without a doubt. Then the second half starts and we go on a 18-2 run and in the blink of an eye we're up 27 points on team to beat! It was so much fun watching our girls experience that kind of success against such a great team. Afterwards, the feeling, the emotion was so indescribable all you could do was smile.
Less than a week later, and a very long week it was not having two games this week. Saturday we played our in state and conference rival Ogelthorpe, their record 5-10, 0-4 is no indication of exactly what this team is capable of, and how good they really are. It's one of those teams for us that poses bad matchups at times. I think more than anything I was nervous to see how we would come out after such a huge win last week against Rhodes. Often times when that happens, the next game a team will come out flat still riding the high of the last game and not focused on the task at hand.
It was a very close game all the way through. OU took a 9 point lead with 3 minutes left in the game and after a timeout something magical just happened. Magical, that's probably the best way to put into words what happened. We ended the game on an amazing 13-2 run to win 75-73, no overtime needed. The fight, determination, and perseverance the girls showed, as coach just makes you so proud! And once again, all you could do after an up and down close game like that was...S M I L E (:
If the rush, adrenaline, and excitement of the last two games is any indication of what's to come the remaining ten conference games on our quest for a title, I'd say it's going to be one hell of ride.