What a Shot
Basketball is a game of tense moments and thrilling shots. During last week's state championships at the Barton Coliseum in Little Rock, one of the biggest baskets made came from a young spectator.
Jordan Mays, a 14-year-old Marmaduke student, made the four-hour journey to Little Rock to cheer for her Lady Greyhounds. Unbeknownst to her at the time, Jordan would receive a stadium full of applause before the game was finished.
As part of a special promotion, students representing the participating schools were called out to the court during halftime for an opportunity to win a year's worth of Yarnell's ice cream by making a midcourt shot. Marmaduke school officials had identified Jordan as a possible participant, and the young lady took the court amidst a sea of excitement when her name was called.
"I was like, 'Oh, I don't want to mess this up," Jordan recalled. "I was out there in front of the whole school and everyone who was at the game. I was nervous and excited and scared!"
While she may have been running through a series of emotions inside, on the outside Jordan kept her calm. A half-court shot is difficult under any circumstance, but Jordan kept her poise and sank the 42-foot attempt to raucous applause.
"When I shot it, it felt good," Jordan said. "I watched it go in and it felt great! Everyone was cheering. I was just overwhelmed. I was so excited that I made it."
Jordan, the daughter of Jennifer and Shannon Anthony and Jonathan and Ashley Mays, was greeted by family and friends in an impromptu celebration after hitting the big basket.
Jordan may see a spike in the number of friends she has following the rewards for her efforts. She received a large stack of coupons good for a year's worth of free ice cream as part of the promotion. She'll just take the coupons to the store and bring home a frozen treat.
"I haven't really looked at it yet," she said. "I'm not sure exactly how much ice cream it is, but I know it's a lot. I love ice cream, but it's so much that I have to share it."
Jordan says she's already heard suggestions for ways to share her treats with friends and family.
"My friends are like, 'You need to plan some ice cream parties and have people over to eat ice cream.' I'm sure I'll be doing things like that soon."
Ice cream comes in a myriad of flavors, but Jordan says her favorite is a traditional choice: vanilla.
Is there such a thing as too much ice cream?
"I don't think so," Jordan quickly answered. "I love ice cream, especially when it starts to get warmer in spring and summer. I don't think we'll be throwing any away!"
Jordan's win proved to be a high point among the MHS faithful in attendance. The Lady Greyhounds came just short of a state title, falling to Norphlet in a 44-41 heartbreaker.