Last Saturday we coasted to a 84-60 win over Chemeketa but it didn't really feel like a win. We were ahead 40-16 at halftime but didn't manage to keep up the same intensity throughout the second half. The good thing is that every single player, as well as the coaches, recognized that it wasn't our best effort, and that we have to continue to play HARD for 40 minutes a game if we want to achieve our goals, regardless of what our competition is doing.
The best part of the night came after the game when we were all able to spend some time with former UCC great and 1st Team Kodak All American Aubrey (Dickson) Dobrkovsky and her husband BJ. BJ is the boys varsity coach at Sprague High School in Salem and Aubrey splits her time between counseling kids in the local school district and her own private counseling practice. While BJ and I talked basketball, Aubrey told the girls story after story about her time at UCC, how hard we worked at practice, her roommates, etc. etc. Aubrey is one of the most positive people you will ever meet and spending time with her was so much fun that she almost made us forget how poorly we played in the second half!
Aubrey played at Umpqua from 1997-1999 and is still the school's second all time leading scorer. And even though I don't remember the exact score of a single game she played in, I clearly remember how much I enjoyed being her coach!! I wish we could go back and do it again!!