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    Growing up with a dad who was a longtime member of the Harlem Globetrotters, McKenzie Forbes never had a shortage of moves or basketball tricks in her back pocket. Wholesale Padres Jerseys .Two years ago, she decided to master spinning a basketball on her finger.She practiced relentlessly -- before school, in between homework assignments and during TV commercials. When she timed herself against her dad, Sterling Smooth Forbes, she surprised even herself. Her dad lost the ball after four minutes. She went much longer: 6 minutes, 12 seconds.It was crazy because I had worked so obsessively to get this time, Forbes said. It was a pretty cool moment because he had so much confidence that he was going to beat me.He was like, Theres no way youll spin it longer than me.In a way, Forbes obsession with the trick symbolizes her never-give-up attitude.Her competitive drive is unreal, Folsom coach Lynn Wolking said. Anything where theres a score kept, shes so motivated by winning and not losing.The 6-foot wing, ranked No. 40 in the espnW HoopGurlz Super 60 for the 2018 class, brings a fierce edge -- not to mention her Globetrotter pizzazz --?to Folsom.She routinely pulls off behind-the-back passes during games, a move she has become known for in the Sacramento area. Last year as a sophomore, Forbes averaged 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 blocks per game.Shes got that inner fire, said Wolking, who has known Forbes since she was 3. I know some of the coaches who are recruiting her have mentioned it on multiple occasions.When she was younger, Forbes and her three older brothers -- Mason, 17, Max, 19, and Marcus, 21 -- routinely attended Globetrotter games as VIPs. Sterling taught Globetrotter camps across the nation, which the kids attended.Thats how McKenzie realized basketball is bigger than wins and losses.For us, it was like, OK. This is our dad. We see him every day, Forbes said. We practice with him. We eat dinner with him. But to see the impact he can make and just the smile that you can put on someones face through basketball, that really taught us about the game.Growing up with the boysForbes sampled nearly every sport available as a youngster.She played baseball, soccer and football, mirroring the sports her older brothers liked. When she was 7, the Folsom Junior Bulldog Mighty Mite team named her starting quarterback.?Although the only girl in a program of about 100 boys, she always felt welcome.Everything my brothers did, Forbes said, I was like, OK. Im doing that too. There wasnt really a question about it.She threw touchdown passes to her brother Mason -- the teams receiver -- in her second year.I definitely think it helped with my toughness factor, Forbes said. I love the contact and going to the rim. I think playing football definitely had a hand in that.Forbes played on the gridiron for four years, but her family could see that basketball was her first love. In third grade, she began asking her parents to see local college basketball games in Northern California. She was also hard at work on her ballhandling skills, which her father said has paid dividends already.One of her biggest assets is her ability to handle the ball, Sterling said. Thats a big advantage for kids because theyre not afraid of pressure or being pressed.Forbes played basketball with boys until seventh grade and joined Arizona Selects AAU team after her freshman year at Folsom. For her initial tryout, she and her family drove 12 hours straight to Phoenix.Many weekends, Forbes flies to Phoenix on Friday and comes back Sunday. She has grown accustomed to the travel. When she gets to college, she said it wont be too much of an adjustment to balance school and travel.She just loves the game that much that it doesnt bother her, Sterling said. She sacrifices because she has a vision that she wants to play college basketball at a high level.Spinning to the futureForbes has had college coaches interested in her game since she was offered her first scholarship in eighth grade. She has trimmed her list to California, Stanford, UCLA, Oregon, USC, Ohio State, Louisville, Kentucky, Tennessee, Baylor and South Carolina.Last month, she asked her dad to order Pac-12 Network so she can keep a closer eye on programs on the West Coast.I know what Im looking for in a coaching style and staff, Forbes said. I feel like I needed to see that, considering a lot of schools Im talking to are in the Pac-12. It was a necessity.Those closest to Forbes know that wherever she ends up, she will be successful.Anywhere she goes in college, she will be like a sponge, Wolking said. You can go through something one time, and she gets it.The final piece on Forbes preseason list is her 3-point shot.The range is there, but just trying to get it very, very consistent before high school season, she said.If she does, shell leave coaches and fans near and far awestruck, mirroring the astonished looks her father brought to Globetrotter fans around the world. Padres Jerseys China . -- Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis was charged Thursday with driving while intoxicated, a day after he was suspended for an NFL substance-abuse policy violation. Brad Hand Jersey . Anthony Davis had 31 points and 17 rebounds in his seventh straight game with more than 20 points, but that was only enough to keep the Pelicans competitive into the final minutes. Andrew Bogut had 10 points and 15 rebounds for Golden State, which rebounded from a loss a night earlier in Oklahoma City and snapped a two-game skid. . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Dallas Stars finally have some positive momentum going.Patrick Eaves had a goal and an assist and Kari Lehtonen made 40 saves as the Stars won for the second time in two nights, beating the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Friday.Lauri Korpikoski and Antoine Roussel also scored for the Stars, who had lost six of seven before turning things around with a win at Calgary on Thursday night.I havent played back-to-backs in a long time, so that was a nice challenge and it was fun to get lots of action too, it kept me in the game easily the whole time, Lehtonen said.Dallas forward Tyler Seguin, who picked up two assists, said the Stars really clamped down defensively.Were finding ways to defend, Seguin said. With the guys out of the lineup, thats a lot of speed and a lot of goal scoring. Our main focus and discussions have been how were going to defend. I thought our goalie did a great job tonight and our D made some great plays and some smart plays and our forwards track back hard. It was good things the last two nights, were going to put it away and keep it going.Patrick Maroon and Tyler Pitlick scored for Edmonton, which has lost two straight to fall to 2-4-1 since starting the season 7-1-0. Cam Talbot stopped 27 shots.Were always playing from behind, Oilers captain Connor McDavid said. Were putting ourselves behind the 8-ball and we have to figure out a way to have better starts.They did a good job at trapping up the middle and not allowing us to get speed. Ultimately, weve got to find a way to win a game like that. Its just not good enough coming close. Rickey Henderson Jersey. Roussel got the tiebreaking goal with 5 minutes left in the second period, taking a partial breakaway pass from Seguin and beating Talbot.Edmonton had some solid chances in the dying minutes, but Lehtonen preserved the win.Dallas got off to a fast start, scoring on the first shot of the game, just 28 seconds in. Jamie Benn fed it into the slot to Korpikoski, who blasted a shot past Talbot.Jordan Eberle put the Oilers back on the offense just three minutes later, fishing a puck out of a scramble in front of the net and putting a shot on Lehtonen, with Maroon sweeping in to score his sixth of the season.Eaves scored on a long point shot to make it 2-1 for Dallas five minutes into the first period.Edmonton tied the game up again with 29 seconds left to play in the opening period as Pitlick got the puck behind the net and swooped out front before calmly lifting a backhand past Lehtonen.Game notes The Stars have been forced to get by without six of their top forwards, with Cody Eakin, Patrick Sharp, Ales Hemsky, Jiri Hudler, Jason Spezza and Mattias Janmark all absent from the lineup. ... Coming into the game, the Stars had gone 17-3-4 against the Oilers over the past seven seasons. ... It was the first of three meetings between the two teams this season, the next one is at Dallas on Nov. 19.UP NEXTStars: At Vancouver on Sunday in the finale of a five-game trip.Oilers: Host the New York Rangers on Sunday. China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Jerseys From China China Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping China Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '
      April 26, 2018 1:15 AM MDT