I have spent 13 of the last 16 years coaching a girls’ basketball team. As the father of 5 girls (and 1 son) I supposed I should have seen it coming, but the way that I got into it caught me completely by surprise. Not long after taking my two oldest daughters to tryouts for a newly-formed homeschool team, I found myself sitting on the bench next to the two real coaches. Before long, I became part of the volunteer staff.
Working with girls who would otherwise have no opportunity to participate in varsity sports has been a real joy for me and has helped me think about many life lessons that can be learned through basketball, such as, how to handle adversity, defeat and victory; how to overcome weaknesses; the importance of teamwork in order to make the dream work (with apologies—or props— Josh Shank); and remembering to go all out until the final buzzer.
It’s that last point that is becoming more important to me as I consider that I have more years on earth behind me than I do ahead of me. I want to finish well, which requires, among other things, playing until the final buzzer.
Since the Lady Ambassadors basketball season is in its final week that will culminate in the FCAA state tournament this Thursday and Friday, I thought it would be appropriate to call attention to the most amazing finish to a high school basketball game that I have ever seen. The video has already gone viral, but it is worth watching again and again.
In the New York section 1, Class AA highschool championship game, New Rochelle battled back in the last 4 minutes to a 2 point deficit with 2.9 seconds left to play. The video below tells the tale. It is an incredible ending. The fact that the New Rochelle team is named the Huguenots only makes it sweeter.
So enjoy the video. And remember, it ain’t over ’til it’s over.