Monday, March 16, 2015

The End of the Road - State Games #23, #24, & #25

As you know from reading my previous post, the Buhler girls basketball team made it to STATE! 

What a fun, whirlwind of a week in Salina. There's definitely a difference in playing in state to being a coach's wife/lifetime fan at state. 


Most of it (I think?) stems from the naivety of a high school athlete. I don't think I realized the odds of making it to a state basketball tournament at 16 and 17 years old. We knew the importance of the game and how big of a deal it was - but looking back, I don't think I really grasped just how much of an honor it was to represent our high school at the state level - and how tough it is to make it to the post-season.

But back to the real reason why we were at state....the girls and the games! 

Game #23: The game where we pulled away for a double-digit victory! That first-round state game is intense. You must win the game. If you don't, you go home. 

This game was the most fun of the state series. Lots of cheering. Lots of crazy kid moments. Lots of maroon all around.

Game #24: The game where we gave up a tough 11-point lead in the 2nd quarter and fell flat. Tiredness set in. Adrenaline went away. Just an all-around tough loss. 

Jack's parents were able to make it to Salina for the game, along with my mom (who joined us every day!). The kidlets went home with grandma while I had a hot "date" scouting the next game with hubs, three coaches, and a 4-yr-old along with a free visit to the hospitality room buffet and a bus ride home. (Romantic, ain't it?!)

Game #25: A bittersweet game. You knew after four quarters the season would be over for good. It was heartbreaking to watch the great group of seniors play their final high school basketball game. Despite a valiant effort, the six girls left it all on the floor and received 4th place in the 4A state tournament. 

Mackie gave her hugs to "her girls," and even told me that she wanted to win all of the state games some day when she played. Love her so!

What an incredible ride and season, Lady Crusaders! Thanks for letting the Conkling family be a part of it - between hubs/daddy being a coach and crazy wife/mama and kidlets tagging along to 22 of the 25 games.

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