A Dribbler that Travels

FullSizeRender(1)Venturing along the East Coast, freshman Meaghan Bennett shows off her skills as guard to many. She is a part of the traveling basketball  team Carolina All-Stars, based out of Durham.

“Traveling basketball is when we [the team] go to games in states like Ohio, Georgia and Virginia and compete against other teams,” said Bennett. “Some games or tournaments are for scouts to look at us and others aren’t.”

Shortly after the regions basketball season ended, Bennett wasn’t ready to give up the life of basketball until next winter. Her solution was to join the traveling team.

“We just looked up travel ball and went to the tryout for a couple of days,” said Bennett. About 12 people including myself made it onto the team depending on the coach’s preference.”

After making the team, Bennett had to get used to the practice schedule while also putting in her own time and dedication to get better.

“We have practice Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and 5:30 pm to 7:30 p.m. on Sundays,” said Bennett. “I practice every day on my own.”

Traveling basketball was an entirely different experience than what Bennett was used to. She was introduced to a brand new side of basketball.

“I was a little rough around the edges,” said Bennett. “There were things that I didn’t know about basketball that I do know now.”

With these new exposures, the traveling team pushed Bennett beyond her limits and made her step outside of her comfort zone.

“It makes me do things that I don’t normally do, like practicing my dribbling,” said Bennett. ”I was bad at dribbling and so they drilled me until I was better.”

As the team helped her reach new heights as a basketball player, Bennett found love in the team from the mood and companionship of the team.

“It’s really fun and hype. I get to know and become family with everyone, which means a lot in the end,” Bennett said.