Numbers game

There’s an old adage in sports photography of “two faces and a ball,” meaning that’s what most sports pictures boil down to. You want to get two opposing athletes in action over whatever ball they use. I also try to include jersey numbers to help with identifying them later. Occasionally both players will have the same number. While it’s not unheard of, it doesn’t happen all that often. Maybe a couple of times a season. At last week’s girls varsity basketball game between Chavez High at Bear Creek, it happened three times.

When shooting action, it usually happens so fast and I’m concentrating to capture it that I don’t notice what numbers are on the jerseys. I usually shoot a few extra frames after the play to make sure that the numbers can be seen later.

The first was fairly early in the game of Chavez’s Mary Flowers (23) being guarded by Bear Creek’s Kayla Clarin (23) as Flowers drove down the court. Then came Chavez’s Renee Gentry (14) shooting over Bear Creek’s Lache Lucky (14). Finally, near the end of the first half, I captured Bear Creek’s Cavosnia King (34) shooting on Chavez’s Ayanna Hanes (34).

Maybe there can be a rule that says players have to cover only opponents with the same jersey number, then it’ll be easier for me to ID them later.

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