The first installment of a blog by junior Dakota Hack as she shares the national tournament experience with #TigerNation.
WE’RE GOING TO NATIONALS!!!... It has been a long, hard season for us Tigerballer’s. After starting out the season with more losses than we would normally get all year, no one was sure if we would be going. But we came together as a team at just the right moments. Our conference tournament play was nothing but exciting. We like to keep the spectators at the ends of their seats, right on the verge of having heart attacks. We could not ask for a better three games. Our team should definitely be thanking everyone’s favorite point guard…drumroll….Miranda Geever! The first two games having the last second shots that gave us the VICTORY! Without her we might not have made it this year. But the high and best shot of season came in game No. 2 of the tournament, against St. Xavier. It is hard to explain the emotion our team felt when Geev hit the shot putting us up by two. (Here’s a re-enactment of our faces)
Geev, seriously made it up the court in five seconds. Full court in five seconds with a defender on her and hit the shot. I was on the court at the time and watched the shot in awe. Before when she was dribbling down the court in my head I was like “don’t pass it to me, I will miss this shot” and I think she knew that. Because she took it all the way, but as her shot went up my thought process changed. I remember thinking “please let this go in, please let this go in…” I honestly have no idea what would have happened if she would have missed. At that moment I wasn’t even thinking of rebounding, I couldn’t even think of rebounding I could only think of “please let it go in.” I was just standing there like a deer in headlights. It took me a second to even realize she made it. It’s the moment where you wanted that outcome so bad but when you get it you don’t know what to do, you just stand there kind of shocked. But as soon as I heard everyone else cheering I snapped back into reality. Before I even knew it a handful of our fans (A.K.A parents and our practice squad) had already crossed the court and were celebrating with us. At that moment there was clapping, cheering, tears of joy, tears of sadness, basically everything that comes with the perfect game. It was the game that got us the automatic bid into nationals. After a whole season of uncertainty it was finally clear in that moment.