ORONO – A week ago, optimism was at an all-time high in Orono.
Now, Maine women’s basketball and every other NCAA basketball team in America is coming to terms with reality.
“No one questioned it, everyone understood. It was weird, it’s hard,” Maine women’s basketball head coach, Amy Vachon, said.
The coronavirus wiped out the NBA season, the NCAA Tournament, several conference tournaments including the America East championship game in a 24-hour window.
Robbing several players of their final dance.
“It was hard you know especially for kids like Gaddy who’s played college basketball for five years and never been to a championship game and then you have your seniors who didn’t know they played in their last game and they did,” Vachon said.
As it consumed the sports world, the virus continued to impact areas of the United States and countries around the world.
Posing another unprecedented scenario for Maine’s mostly international roster.
“We have had a lot of girls who were planning on staying here through the spring you know and even with classes canceled and working out and now they’re going home just because it’s scary and they want to be with their family’s and they should be,” Vachon added.
In sports sticking to the game plan and staying in the moment are just a couple cliches to preface a certain game or play.
There is no cliche that can prepare a team for what we have endured the last week, but it doesn’t mean we can’t write a new one.
After all, sports is about adjusting on the fly.