During timeouts and between games, the monitor on the junior high girls court on Sprague was dreaming about playing.
The dreamer was Brianne January, one of the premier high school players in the state.
"I'd rather be playing but I'm down here, I'm part of it. The girls are fun. That makes it OK," the two-time All-Greater Spokane League guard from Lewis and Clark said. "Plus the shorts and shoes don't hurt."
Turns out the experience was mostly good.
Some players recognized her and had her autograph their shirts.
"Communication is all good," January said. "Two coaches yesterday didn't like me. You have to tune that out."
Adapting to the young kids is hard because when she travels with the Spokane Stars to national tournaments, the play is extremely physical.
"That was my problem, I let them play a little bit," she said. "I call the obvious ones. It got a little touchy, but not too physical. I wouldn't let that happen. I'm calling more today."
It might be fun to keep an eye on January next season.
"I thought referees just ran up and down the court. I thought it was easy to see what is going on," she said. "But in my first game it was, `Oh my!' I'm never going to yell at a referee again."
Subhed (pe)Driving half-courter
Nineteen-year-old Brandon Prado of Nez Perce, Idaho, walked away the winner of a 2003 Toyota Spyder sports car.
Prado was one of three finalists in the contest Sunday downtown, which raises money during Hoopfest for Special Olympics of Spokane.
The three all missed their first half-court shots.
In the second round, Prado leaped up, flung a 50-foot shot that banked in. The other finalists took their shots next, and when they both missed, Prado dropped to his knees and slapped the ground in jubilation.
He's a business major at Seattle University. He played this past weekend with three buddies on Dime, which won its division.
Monitoring the monitors
A full two-day commitment to be a court monitor nets the volunteer shoes, shirt, shorts and a hat.
There were 525 who signed up but about 30 didn't show to get their stuff. Another 25 went AWOL after collecting the gear. And 10 to 15 packed it in in the middle of competition on Saturday, according to Hoopfest operations manager Chad Smith.
That left 450 monitors to cover 395 courts on Sunday and another two dozen disappeared.