Teamwork is required to win championships in team sports. There is no way around it. I was reminded of this Saturday night as I watched the Mansfield Summit Jaguars upset Brittney Griner’s Aldine Nimitz Cougars in the Texas Class 5A basketball championship match. (I pay for an extra sports package, so I can watch more women’s sports, and once again it has rewarded me.)
The Jaguars made Griner inconsequential, as much as that is possible anyway, by not allowing her teammates to feed her the ball. Indeed, constant pressure from the Jaguars resulted in 24 turnovers by the Cougars. Griner had a good game (21 points, 12 rebounds, 9 blocked shots), but persistent hustle and great team defensive play from the Jaguars caused her Cougar teammates to fold.
No need for Griner to worry, though. I expect she will have many more opportunities to win championships, starting next in the NCAA with the Baylor Bears.
But for now: Congratulations, Lady Jaguars!