WESTPORT - When the coach calls your name for the first time, it can be a thrilling and exciting experience, especially if it's the first time in two years that you've heard that name come from the coach's mouth during a game.
For Westport Central School District senior Molly Rascoe, that time came during a Jan. 21 girls varsity basketball game against Crown Point, as she entered her first game since kidney disease and the subsequent transplant surgery.
"I was very excited, I was not nervous at all," Rascoe said about the moment she got to check into the game against the Lady Panthers. "I was cleared the Friday before that to just shoot around and stuff like that, but then I asked my other doctor and she said that I could go ahead and play in the game."
"She got the okay that morning and we mentioned it to Hokey (McKinley, head varsity girls basketball coach), but I didn't know if she was even going to get the chance to play," said Brad Rascoe, Emily's father and athletic director at Westport. "He got her in, and it was great."
The appearance in a varsity basketball game marked Rascoe's first action since her sophomore year.
Those in the stands quickly realized what was happening and welcomed Rascoe back to the Lady Eagles' basketball court with a warm ovation.
"It was pretty good," Rascoe said about entering the game and hearing the crowd's reaction.
"The crowd was really supportive of her," said Brad Rascoe.
As for the chance to dress with the rest of her teammates, Rascoe stated simply, "I liked it."
Rascoe not only got the chance to play but also scored two points.
"I drove to the basket and I lost it," Rascoe said about the beginning of the play, then recounting each person that touched the ball until it was in the hands of Willa McKinley. "Willa passed it to me and I just went to the basket and I just made it," Rascoe said.
"I know mom (Julie) was thinking no contact. I was thinking the same thing, but I also saw that she had the lane. It was an exciting and nervous night."