Scene: Interior of high school gym at a girls basketball game.
No. 15 positions herself at the free-throw line.
She places her toe on the small dot that represents the center of the line. She dribbles three times and spins the ball in her hands for good luck. She sets herself—knees bent, back straight, the ball resting in the palm of her right hand. Then, in a fluid movement, she rises to her toes and pushes the basketball above her head into an arch through the air toward the goal.
It’s a miss—but she gets two shots. She repeats the process but misses again.
That was me.