Here is my memoir draft! It is definitely better than my digital memoir draft but I still plan on adding things. Please feel free to comment with suggestions and what you think! 🙂
The Big 1000
December 13, 2007 was just a normal school day. I woke up at 6am with my alarm going off extremely loud. “I guess I better get up and start the day so I won’t be late for school.” I rolled out of bed with my bed-clothes all wrinkled up and my eyes barely opened. I walked to the bathroom like a zombie wishing I could just go back to my warm bed. I started to shower and once my body started to wake up, I realized this was a big day! I have a big basketball game that I would never forget for the rest of my life.
My brother and I were off to school in my beat up 1993 Bonneville to the wonderful land of Penns Manor High School. I arrived at school being super nervous and anxious for my big game at 7:30pm. All I wanted to do was get through Biology, Gym, Calculus, Yearbook, English, and Government. School seemed to drag on and all the teachers and my friends knew what this day meant to me and the school. I tried to focus on school, but all I could think about was 7:30pm at Penns Manor High School Gym.
School was finally over at 2:40 and it felt like it was never going to end. I knew I would have to go home and eat a good dinner so I was well energetic for this game. I got home and my mom decided that Subway was the best thing to have. “Mom, I want a turkey breast and ham on Italian bread with American cheese, lettuce, extra pickles, and Italian dressing. Thanks!” “Erica, are you excited for tonight?” “I am super excited, but I’m so nervous, I just want to get it over with and win the game. Marion Center is not going to make it easy on me but I am determined to break it in the first couple minutes.” My mom went off to get my food and I just relaxed and got my basketball shoes, white uniform, and all the critical items to my outfit. I had a special sports bra and underwear that needed to fulfill my superstition.
My mom came home in about 10 minutes with my delicious 6” sub. “Thanks mom!” I devoured my sub while watching Law & Order SVU. While the clock kept changing minute by minute, my heart began to pound a little faster and my pulse was racing. I started to sweat and I just thought to myself what happens if they shut me down and I can’t break it? What if I get hurt in the first minutes of the game? What if I can’t score 6 points in four quarters? What if, what if, what if, what if? I had to calm down and chill! I knew how to play the game and all I needed was 6 points. My dad came home from work and did his normal routine of showering and getting ready for the game. My mom ironed his pants and shirt and I just waited for when he would ask me what tie he should wear. Oh, if you weren’t aware my dad was my coach and my big sister was the assistant coach. It was a lovely family affair!
“Erica! Come upstairs I need your help.” “Okay, I’m coming.” As I ran up the stairs. “Yes dad?” “What tie should I wear?” “Ummm, I think you should wear this one with all the basketballs on it.” “Okay, thanks!”
It was finally time to leave at 5:00pm and get up to the school, so I could warm up and watch the junior varsity team kick some butt. My dad and I got into his truck and rode up to the school. We finally arrived about 5:10pm and I got out of the car and started to get anxious and nervous again. But I told myself that I can do this and I only need 6 points!
I went in the gym and saw all my teammates shooting around and laughing and joking. I got out the stereo and got music playing to relieve my stress. I grabbed a ball and went to shoot around with my Jess, Katie, Autumn, Rachael, and Kelsey. I started joking around with them and I started to forget how big this game really was. The jv game started and us varsity players sat on the bench and ate candy and watched the game. “O my gosh Erica are you ready for tonight?” “Jess, I am so nervous! But I am excited to finally do this!”
My Aunt Rosie and Uncle Lynn walked in shortly after the jv game started. They both gave me a hug and wished me luck. “We said a prayer for you. You can do it!” “Thanks guys!” As I laughed and sat back down.
Finally, it was time to get dressed and get ready. We grabbed our bags and walked up to the girls’ locker room. I turned on the music and started to put on my clothes in order like I normally do. Once I was dressed, I started dancing as I normally did. I tried to do everything I did every other game to make sure nothing would throw me off. We all were dressed and walked to the gym. We put our bags down and sat there waiting for the pregame talk. I saw some family friends that came to support me and then it really hit me! I was about to begin the biggest game of my career!
We walked into the room to hear our pregame talk. My dad wrote scouting reports on the chalkboard and a motivational quote. We sat there and listened to what we needed to do and who we needed to stop to win the game. I was finally ready and I cleared my mind of all the crazy thoughts. I wanted to win the game and accomplish my goal.
Our team got in a circle and said a prayer. I led the team out into the gym for our pregame warm up and I saw all my friends there with signs they made. They had a countdown for how many points I needed. The 15 minutes went super fast and we were lined up to hear the Star Spangled Banner. I stood there holding Jess and Katie’s hands and closed my eyes and told my Grandma and Grandpa to be there with me. The song was over and Larry Rice was announcing us. A 5 FOOT 3 SUPER SENIOR AT GUARD NUMBER 11 ERICA HOLBY!!! The crowd cheered and everyone was ready for the game to start. Tip off came and Penns Manor got the ball. We started our offense and scored the first bucket. 2-0 Penns Manor. Then I got the ball and drove to the hoop. I went in for a right-handed layup and got fouled, but my shot went in. “The bucket’s good, 1 shot.” I went to the foul line and shot the ball. “Swoosh!” My friends wrapped off 3 numbers leaving 3 points to go. We were on defense and offense, defense and offense, and finally the ball went out-of-bounds under our hoop. “J1, J1.” This meant that I took the ball out and someone would screen for me for a jump shot. My mind started racing again. This is it! If I make this shot I did it! I can do this! I can do this!! The referee hands me the ball and I threw it in. Jess screened for me and Autumn passed me the ball. I was behind the 3 point line and I fired up the 3. I felt like the ball was in the air for an eternity. Finally, “swoosh!” I jumped up and knew the ball went in. Tears came flowing out of my eyes. “Erica Holby has just scored her 1000th point!” Everyone in the crowd stood up and clapped. I ran to my dad and he picked me up with joy. My sister gave me a huge hug with a big smile on her face. My dad handed me the ball I scored my 1000th with and I went over to my mom, who was doing to scorebook. I hugged her and handed her the ball. It was the greatest feeling and the best accomplishment I ever had! From the time I was a little girl, I wanted to score 1000 points in my career and I finally did it!
After my celebration, we still had a game to win. I hugged some of my teammates and went back on the floor to finish the game against Marion Center. It was a close game! We ended up winning by only 3 points! It was 69-66 and I ended up with 19 points. I wasn’t super excited with my performance the rest of the game, but I put that in the back of my mind and smiled because I knew I finally did it. After the game, the booster club got me a cake and flowers. My team, coaches, and their families all sat in the cafeteria eating cake, talking, and laughing.
It was time for my family and me to go home, so I could shower and go to bed. We got to the house and my brother congratulated me for my accomplishment and I went upstairs to get a shower. I finally got snuggled up in my bed and the last thing I thought of was, “I’m glad I scored my 1000th point and I’m glad my whole family was a part of it.” I rolled over and closed my eyes.