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PADECKY: SRJC women excited to chase their hoop dreams

The five young women around the table listened to the question, and played with it like it was a cat toy.

Yes, that's it. Exactly. They were five cats playing with a cat toy. Batting it around. Chasing the question up this line of thinking. Following it down this tunnel of logic. Letting it sit there for a second, as if somehow it would move. Then they would pounce with their words, one talking fast, the next one talking faster and before I knew it was like there were 50 young women in that meeting room at SRJC's Haehl Pavilion, words flying around like so many mini-sonic booms, bouncing off walls and ears.

"We love talking over each other," said McKenzie Mangino. "It's so much fun."

Six SRJC women basketball players have been offered and accepted scholarships to play the sport at four-year colleges. The number was unprecedented, almost half the team. Their coach, Lacey Campbell, has a little dynasty going. The SRJC women, after all, have made the state Final Four three of the past four years. Five times she was named Big 8 Coach of the Year. Campbell has a 189-76 record in her eight years at SRJC.

Only forward Anandi Jimenez, who prepped at Montgomery, was missing.

So, Skyler, have you ever been to Fort Kent?

Guard Skyler Olsen is going to the University of Maine-Fort Kent, which is farther north and east than Montreal and Quebec City, where even the squirrels wear booties.

"I heard there's a bunch of moose there," Olsen said.

And that started a stream of what sounded like animal noises and animal references, how they were sure as hell weren't going to visit her on spring break.

So, had she been there?


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