March 29, 2021
It was our second to last game of the season. I hadn’t been tracking my points but I anticipated I was close. We were playing Waynflete. There were 50 seconds left in the game and my Coach, aka Dad, told me I had 1 point to make the 1,000 point milestone.
When I made the shot, it was so gratifying, and to be able to share that experience with my Dad made it that much sweeter because we didn’t have any fans in the stands.
I’ve been playing basketball since I could walk. My older sisters Bri and Haley played too, and all three of us were coached by our Dad.
In high school, Bri and Haley played on the same team when Haley was a senior and Bri was a freshman. Then Bri and I played together my freshman and her senior year.
This year I am a senior, and we weren’t even sure we would have a season. The threat of covid ending our season was always looming.
I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my coaches, teachers and the administration. More importantly, I wouldn’t have been able to make this accomplishment without my teammates. They were so supportive in making sure I had to ball to get the points.
What would really bring this journey full circle for my family, is all three of us girls playing together on the same court at an alumni game someday.
- Shani Plante: Old Orchard Beach