Random Acts of Living

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Princess Basketball Tournament

Tournament was played on Saturday February 13th and I am finally getting around to going through all my pictures to get something posted. The Princess stayed the night and the two of us woke early to shower and eat then drive 30 minutes to Garden Plain for her first game at 8am. Both her mother and father had to work so it was just the two of us. Not having a someone to help me I missed out on getting pictures of the jump ball since I was also running a camcorder.
It was a pretty aggressive game from the beginning. After the 1st quarter I recruited help in the form of one of the other girl's younger sister. She did an excellent job of following the game with the camcorder and gave me the ability to get better still shots. To her I say, "Thank YOU!"
The girls were 'Home' on the scoreboard and had a slow start.
After halftime they picked up, snatching some balls and making baskets.
Catching the other team off guard.
The picture below is out of focus because it's from a larger photo. This is the only shot I could find to show how close the game was. At 33.5 seconds they were 1 point down.
I'm not exactly sure what the foul was, but in the first photo below #22 threw for a basket, in the second photo #22 appears to be rubbing her face or eye. In the third photo the ref to the back is signaling a free shot and the 4th photo is after the free shot finds the basket.
At 5.5 seconds the score is tied...
It went 2 minutes overtime with both teams vying for the winning basket. Below is the shot that won our girls the game with seconds left on the clock.
Good game, Girls!

Second Game of the Tournament
Because they had won their first game they were scheduled to play again. Their second game wasn't till noon so we drove to Goddard and got a bite to eat at McDonald's. I was surprised that their breakfast menu was still up. I'm not used to being up and out so early.
With my little helper on the camcorder I was able to get the jumpshot for the second game.
The second game went a lot faster...
The girls were "Guests" on the board this game...
They put their all into it and played hard..
...but this second team was more of a challenge for them.
They never gave up, but neither did the other team.
Good season, Girls! We'll see you all back on the court next season.


Anita said...

Sounds like great games... and great photos as always :)

Peter said...

Hi! Oh well, you win some, lose some. Anyway it looks like they had fun in both games, any injuries?

Loved your photos! How did you blend them, or is that giving away a trade secret!

Take Care,

Moonshadow said...

Thanks, Anita! The Princess is sad that basketball is over for the season. The girls really love the game.

Peter, they're learning. The won more this year than last. :)

What graphics program do you use. Wouldn't do me any good to tell you how I do it if you don't have the same program. A suggestion... http://www.getpaint.net/doc/latest/en/LayersAndBlendModes.html
Paint is a FREE program. :)