Markisha Lea Brings You Greetings From Hawai'i

Nov. 28, 2005

November 22, 2005

Eating at Cheeseburger in Paradise... 26 dollars
Buying souvenirs for family members... 112 dollars
Watching Coach Trakh hula dance on stage... Priceless

Greetings from Hawaii! Wow... I cannot believe the Women of Troy spent five days in Hawaii and still came back with two wins. Before I get to the meat and potatoes of the trip I would like to acknowledge the families that traveled to a land far, far away to support us. Thank you to my mommy (Mrs. Lea), Mrs. Kerr, Mrs. Hagiya, Mr. Gnekow, the LeNoir family, the Parker family, the Anton family, Jada (our little cheerleader), Kelsi, and the residents of Hawaii that supported us. We could not have won two games without you guys, Mahalo!

Well for some it was their first, others second or third, and even seventh time in Hawaii. Since we did not play until Saturday and Sunday we had a few days to enjoy beautiful Hawaii. On Thursday we all went to Paradise Cove for a lovely luau. It was a wonderful experience with yummy foods, Lava Flows and Mai Tais (non-alcoholic of course), fun dancing, and HOT performers! It was exciting to see the whole team on stage learning the hula, however, Coach Trakh had an amazing solo moving his hips and shaking his bum. On Friday we had some more free time. Some went snorkeling and had a great time while others went shopping. I really wanted to go to the ABC store, but I couldn't find any (wink). Just kidding! I felt like I was in the twilight zone because ABC stores on every corner surrounded me. Good thing nobody got lost because all they could say was 'I'm in front of the ABC store!'

So after enjoying a 'mini vacation' it was time to get down to business. GAME TIME! Our first game was Saturday against Hawaii in front of 800 screaming fans. Before the game we were already faced with adversity. There were two new rules that were brought to our attention 10 minutes before game time. First off, the 3-point line was extended further and secondly, there was a 10-second backcourt rule enforced. However, those obstacles did not affect us, they fired us up. In the first half we allowed ourselves to make some mistakes and not play to our potential. So in the second half we came out with the mentality 'NO REBOUND, NO RING'. Therefore, Chloe, Allison, Shay and Camille stepped up and came to play. Chloe, the tournament MVP, posted her first career double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Allison played a spectacular game. She was all over the place and never gave up on any possession. For Nadia's first college game she did well. Lastly, it was great to have Rip Hamilton...oh I mean Jamie Funn back in the mix. Broken nose, what? Despite three players with four fouls each and Meghan fouling out, it was a team effort to beat the Rainbows.

On Sunday we played against a smaller crowd of 100 fans against Eastern Illinois. Therefore we had to create our own energy; the Eastern Illinois players came out with a cat fight (get it 'cat' as in Panthers...hahaha). They were scrappy and very hardworking; nevertheless, the Panthers never once slowed us down. In spite of Camille having an injured wrist, our all-tournament player created some amazing plays. Shay was another all-tournament player, and her offensive game was on fire! Chloe worked the small 6-foot post player who was guarding her. All and all, my hero and role model who would not go out without a fight was Meghan Gnekow. She showed true leadership and heart when she went back out to the game with three broken teeth and a messed-up jaw. Now if that is not a team player I do not know what is. And let's not forget the wonderful bench, always a flawless performance... especially Brynn, we miss you!

Well to sum it up for you, we went to Hawaii to win two games and succeeded. I am so proud of the Women of Troy because we are well on our way. This is Markisha Lea signing off. Aloha and Mahalo!

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