By Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Aldens are in a group basketball league, and Buzz and Tipper Nettleton, Greenfield’s most renowned basketball stars, are training their groups! yet Tipper’s most beneficial trophy is lacking, and Buzz’s perform schedules get combined up. Is anyone attempting to foul up the group league?

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Frank Fowler “Looks as though it’s simply us speedy Breakers chickens,” Tipper advised the women. Violet and Jessie checked out one another. They didn’t brain this new switch of plans in any respect. They knew something: perform with Tipper by myself will be much more enjoyable any further. All their different teammates, other than one, cheered while Tipper introduced that she used to be now the quick Breakers’ simply trainer. basically Patsy Cutter looked as if it would brain. She enjoyed Tipper, yet she additionally enjoyed having coaches to offer her plenty of realization. throughout perform Patsy Tipper round and begged for added support. yet that wasn’t Tipper’s approach of doing issues. “Sorry, Patsy,” Tipper repeated. “I recognize you will want me to paintings with you at the strength drill back, yet that’s a one-player drill. at the present time we’re in simple terms doing group drills. Now that Courtney’s with the Blue Stars, i need to paintings extra with our entire crew. ” “But . . . yet . . . ” Patsy protested. “If the brilliant gamers don’t get distinctive drills, we'd now not be the easiest such as you. ” Tipper positioned her arm round Patsy’s shoulders. “Being the easiest participant capability aiding the group to be the simplest. ” Patsy sighed. She couldn’t aid it. She sought after Tipper Nettleton to herself. yet Patsy didn’t have any selection. She coated up at the back of the opposite quick Breakers. It was once time for a staff drill. the short Breakers practiced for an hour. Then the lighting flickered off and on. the ladies stopped enjoying. “Time for the Blue Stars’ practice,” Courtney yelled around the health club. Her hand was once nonetheless at the mild change. “It’s o’clock. ” Patsy, Violet, Jessie, and a few of the opposite women went over to claim hi to their previous trainer. “I want we nonetheless had coaches,” Patsy complained to Courtney. “I want unique support. We basically have one trainer now. I can’t paintings on my strength drill or the wall drill. ” “That’s how it goes,” Courtney stated, none too pleasant to the quick Breakers now. “Tell your teammates to maneuver alongside. The Blue Stars need to perform now. ” correct as much as the playoffs, Courtney handled the quick Breakers like strangers. If their perform ran over quite a few seconds, she complained. “Don’t brain Courtney,” Tipper instructed the quick Breakers. “Some coaches are tricky like that. they wish all people to be frightened of their group. That’s the best way Courtney’s previous Warwick highschool crew performed. We have been afraid of them. after all, they gained a few video games, and we received a few others. It’s alternative ways of training. ” “We like your way,” Violet stated. Patsy Cutter wasn’t so convinced. “I like your approach, too, Tipper. yet don’t you're thinking that it’s a good suggestion to accumulate a few gamers the opposite group is terrified of? ” she requested. “You recognize — make a few of us so impressive, the opposite group will get worried? ” Tipper laughed. “Do you could have anyone in brain? ” Patsy ultimately laughed, too. “Well, in case you swap your brain, i will be able to be lovely frightening. ” Tipper Nettleton laughed. “I don’t wish frightening avid gamers, simply strong ones such as you who paintings as a workforce. ” while the day of the championship online game arrived, the Aldens have been excited, but additionally a bit worried. At breakfast that morning, Violet driven her scrambled eggs round her plate, not able to consume them.

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