[Gary E Duncan Sr for Shaw Media]
"We needed it, especially with [Vann] out – there were times that they were throwing two to three girls at her and Lily dribbled right through it," Lay said. "Behind the back, through the legs, behind the back again. She is such a playground player; she hears the crowd going crazy, she gets going even more. It's like she is with the Globetrotters. She played with a lot of poise tonight."
That comes with practice, something Fernandez apparently does quite a bit of.
"Extra practice – after practice I go to the Y, dribble on my own," Fernandez said. "I look at film, even college basketball to see how girls do their dribbling. I just stay relaxed out there."
Don't believe her, ask Fernandez's teammate.
"She goes to the gym almost every day – she'll probably go to the gym after this game," Vann smiled. "This game is a big turning point for us."