"They're the prettiest basketball players I've ever seen," he said, "and two of them can make layups."
"And one can rebound and the other has got an outside shot like Richie Guerin."
"I've got one down here named Robin who can do it, and we've got a basketball team if they can learn to pass and there's any aggressiveness around."
"Remember what happened to me in the Biltmore, and those four look like they've had plenty of practice."
"O.K.," Pete said. "Let's see if they've got it," and we set up three lines. We put Betsy in the middle with Blair on the left and Robin on the right and told them to come down the court together and shoot. They looked at us with that look students have that seems to wonder how you ever got to be a teacher and they came down and Betsy laid it up over the rim and it went in. The other two just ran along beside her. Then they came back and did the same thing again and Pete told them they were supposed to pass off.
"Why are we supposed to pass?" Betsy said, and that stopped us for a minute and then Pete said, "Because that's how you play the game," and they came down again. Betsy passed to Blair and Blair passed back to Betsy and Betsy laid it up.
When they came back Pete tried to explain the principle of the three-on-two and the three of them nodded and then Betsy said, "But where are the two that are supposed to be in the way?"
We said that came later and they did the three-on-two with a couple of bounce passes and it looked fine so we put a couple of the other girls at either end of the foul line and they came down again.
Blair and Robin were coming in like scythes from the left and right and Betsy was coming fast down the middle. One of the girls playing defense moved over in front of Betsy and that was a mistake because then there was a crash and they both started to go down. Blair and Robin had made their cuts and they ran into the other two and all four of them went down in a pile. They all got up except the poor girl who was playing defense. She was lying on the court crying and we had our first crisis. We didn't know what to do with a girl lying on a basketball court crying, so we didn't do anything. Betsy helped her up and she went over to the bench and sat down. Then we put Chia and another big girl into the defense and tried again. The three came down and there was another crash and most of them were in the pile again only this time nobody was crying.
We figured we better stop that for a while before somebody came into the gym and we called them all together and said that there was a lot to learn about basketball and called it a day.