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Pick up your Purse, Coach, and Let's Go
George U. Packard
November 30, 1970
Uh, these guys were coaching this girls' basketball team, see? Just maybe they weren't exactly what Miss Blander-Quist had in mind, but neither was the game. Still, it was all going O.K., until...
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November 30, 1970

Pick Up Your Purse, Coach, And Let's Go

Uh, these guys were coaching this girls' basketball team, see? Just maybe they weren't exactly what Miss Blander-Quist had in mind, but neither was the game. Still, it was all going O.K., until...

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I was getting a little uncomfortable so I went and got a ball and started telling them how the layup was the fundamental shot in basketball and there wasn't any giggling this time. I told them how to do it and then I demonstrated a couple and then Betsy asked for the ball and drove and laid one up perfectly. She went up high and she had the best-looking legs of any basketball player I had ever seen.

"Could you do that again?" I said.

"Sure," she said, and she did it, only this time she went straight in and laid it up over the front of the rim. Then Blair did it from the left side and she ran like a deer and put it up left-handed with that smooth-as-water Walt Frazier move. Chia took the ball and tried it and it hit like a cannonball against the side of a fort. She was a big girl and I was glad I wasn't in front of her on the drive. Then Betsy came over and said that Chia never did any shooting anyway and I said, "What does she do?" and Betsy said, "She gets the ball so the rest of us can shoot."

"And can she get it?" I asked her.

"Oh, she can get it all right," and I looked at Chia again. She had an Indian band around her head and very bright green eyes and she looked like she could get almost anything.

Nell was still standing there and I asked her to try it and she said it was a waste of time. She said she was too small to shoot close to the basket and so I said, wondering if it could be true, "Do you shoot from the outside?" and she said, "Yes. That's what I do."

I gave her the ball and told Chia to rebound and Nell stood there on the left putting up 15-foot two-handers that rose in a beautiful are and dropped through without touching the rim. Finally she missed one and Chia took it off the boards and came down with her elbows out and the ball against her body.

I said I'd be right back and went down-court to tell Pete. They were still trying those dead-stopped, two-handed layups as I told him what was up at the other end and he said I was crazy but he went up to take a look anyway.

After a while he came back and all the girls were taking foul shots now and we talked about what we'd seen.

"What do you think of those four?" I said.

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