Did you notice I completely gave up on even trying to pretend I could do anything wordless. I love words way too much to use none or even less of them. So with that out of the way, let me introduce you to my newest cheer addiction. MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL CHEER!!!!!!!!! Maddie Jane decided she would keep cheering through basketball season. Last night was the first time Nathan and I were able to make it to one of their games. I had a blast. Of course we sat right beside the cheer squad, and you could feel the excitement. Basketball Cheer is so different from football cheering. The girls are right beside the crowd. They stomp their feet, bang on the bleachers, and do a ton of crowd interaction.
The Panther Middle School Squad cheered for both the boys’ and girls’ games. I did not have a child on the court, but the cheer energy was infectious. I caught myself yelling “Go, GC” and “Get’em Lady Panthers” many times that night. Maddie’s BFF Caroline plays for the Lady Panthers and we cheered for her so loud she smiled at my husband and gave him a thumbs up as she ran down the court. Even though the girls did not win, the cheerleaders gave them a “good job” cheer and the crowd gave them a standing ovation for their hustle and intensity during the game.
As the boys entered the gym the cheerleaders and Lady Panther Basketball team formed a tunnel and cheered them on as they entered the gym. Then some of the Basketball chicks joined in with the cheer pack, lining the top aisles of the cheer section and doing the cheers right along with our cheer chicks. (too cool) There were many cheers for individual players followed by teen girl giggles. All the girls screamed encouragement at the boys right up until the last buzzer. The boys were defeated as well, but you could not tell by the crowd’s reaction. Once again the cheerleaders gave a “good game” cheer and the crowd applauded their effort.
The evening was wrapped up with dinner at KFC, cheerleaders and parents. I really like Maddie’s middle school coach. We have known her for a long time in the role of an awesome teacher, but who knew what a great cheer coach she would be. Her daughter is the captain and doing an amazing job. All of the cheer parents are truly cool people that I really enjoy being around. I am glad she has another 5 years to cheer with these girls. I can’t make it to the next game, but next Tuesday you will see me in the Glascock bleachers with my orange and black, so ready for some more middle school basketball and cheer. P.S. Maddie even said next year she may hang up her pom poms for basketball season so she can join the B-Ball team, who knew?