As Elsberry’s Krista Dye prepares for graduation, she looks back on both the good times and the bad
After suffering a winless 2010-2011 season and winning only four games during 2011-2012, the Elsberry Lady Indians are enjoying a banner year.
While it would be easy and fun to ride that sort of wave and just enjoy the high, Krista Dye, the only four-year varsity player on this year’s team, maintains a balanced perspective by reflecting on what she learned during the lean years.
“We were pretty good my freshman year,” said Dye. “That’s when I realized how much I liked the sport.”
Dye was the only freshman starter on the varsity team during the 2009-2010 season and she learned a lot from her coaches and the older girls on that team.
“We had a really good coach and there were a lot of older girls that helped me,” said Dye. “They were like parents to me and taught me everything I needed to know.”
While Dye has some fond memories of that freshman year, she made it clear that it was no walk in the park.
“I had to work at it a lot,” said Dye. “Going from middle school to high school basketball is a big change. After my first open gym, I realized how much work I had to do if I really wanted to play varsity. Every night I would be out practicing on my cement court at home.”
Dye gives a large part of the credit for her successful freshman year to the help that she received from Coaches Steven Creech and Shanna Lonsberry.
“Coach Lonsberry taught me a lot,” said Dye. “She worked with me one-on-one.”
With that successful freshman year under her belt, Dye felt prepared to take her game to the next level as a sophomore.
Unfortunately, the winds of change were preparing to blow and Dye and the Lady Indians were headed for some major adjustments.
“It was just harder (sophomore year) because not many girls that were seniors played anymore,” said Dye. “We were left with one girl who was a senior and then all the other girls who hadn’t played in the past decided to go out that year. We weren’t used to playing with each other that much.”
That’s not to say, however, that the effort and the will to win weren’t there.
“We worked really hard and we tried, but it seemed like every other team was just working at it a little bit more,” said Dye. “They had been with each other and been practicing with each other longer and in the end it was almost chaotic in a way. It was more of a growing year and the season just kind of ended in a little bit of a disappointment without any wins, even though we still had moments when we would come together and we had close games and knew that we were heading in the right direction.”
Dye’s sophomore year might have ended on slightly different terms if disaster hadn’t struck.
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