HUDSON — Religious folks have a tendency to take sanctuary in a sumptuous temple.
Monarchs can seek refuge in their magically ornate castles.
When it comes to risk-takers and thrill-seekers, they’re likely to yearn for the divine inspiration of conquering the most spectral and desolate mountains.
As for the members of the Hudson girls basketball team, they might take a cue from some of their more pious contemporaries.
In this case, the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah provides a tantalizing clue.
"Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their fruits."
The "fruits" of the Explorers’ labor could be a lengthy procedure. If construction goes smoothly, Hudson could build something as lavish as the Monticello.
If the building process crumbles, the Explorers might find themselves dwelling in a not so sturdy tent.
For the Hudson players to build their luxurious house, having a comprehensive toolbox will be absolutely essential.
After all, this particular project is expected to be a meticulous one. Therefore, a variety of instruments will be needed.
"We use the analogy of building a house," Explorers head coach Dennis Lawler said. "We can’t have 12 hammers. We have to have some hammers; we have to have some nails; we have to have some rulers; we have to have some screwdrivers."
They could use some wire cutters, pliers and a tape measure too. Let’s not forget a spackle, some felt dots and of course, a cordless drill.
"Everybody has to find her fit," Lawler said. "We’re just trying to get kids to understand that we can’t have everybody be scorers. Some kids have to do the dirty work."
These menial tasks may seem unpleasant at times. Fortunately for this group of teenagers, their toolkit is a bit more glamorous. Besides a wrench and a utility knife, the Explorers plan to keep numerous other precious mementos "handy" in their ever-expanding box.
"We’re collecting stuff all year," Lawler said. "We’re putting them in the toolbox, stuff like memorabilia. We brought stuff from our team camp. I wore some crazy shoes one day to practice and they took a picture. That’s going to be in there.
"We can sit back someday when the season is over and kind of go back into the toolbox, pull some things out and see what we can learn about and remember."
Delaney DiGeronimo seems to be quite intrigued. Once this exquisite treasure chest is unlocked at the end of the season, the sophomore guard might feel like it’s Christmas morning all over again.
When that happens, Hudson’s toolbox could be back in the cellar. Of course, this deluxe basement may be part of something quite spectacular by then.
That’s because it might be attached to a highly anticipated dream house DiGeronimo and her teammates began building in November.
"It’s really great," DiGeronimo said. "It’s for moments that we can put stuff in there to just remind us of the fun times during the year."
It won’t be much fun if the Explorers turn out to be unqualified laborers. If their house is going to be immaculate, this work requires a factotum instead of a single-skilled specialist.
"All good teams have kids who do all types of things," Lawler said. "Some kids have to be rebounders; some kids are scorers. Everybody has to find her niche."
DiGeronimo, who has started plenty of games despite being just a sophomore, could be the team’s "hammer" by the time she’s a senior. For now, though, she’ll gladly accept being a nail, a clamp or a rather drab roll of duct tape.
"We each have our own role on the team," DiGeronimo said. "Not everybody can be hammers; not everybody can be nails. I think it’s a really great idea that we added in this year."
Since she is extremely fascinated by the toolbox theme, DiGeronimo might have an idea which gadget relates to her playing style.
Perhaps some high-quality scissors to cut off her opponent’s electrical supply? What about some alien keys to unfasten the opposing team’s nuts and bolts?
"Still to be determined," DiGeronimo said. "I’m still trying to work it out."
She has some time. Rumor has it that most houses take about three or four months to build.
In the meantime, this particular place of residence could use a lesson from the Bible’s Book of Proverbs.
"Wisdom has built her house; she has set up her seven columns."
Pardon Lawler if he prefers seeking "wisdom" from a pair of basketball junkies. One of them works for a living in the Bluegrass State. The other was adored by a rowdy student section known as the Cameron Crazies.
Like Lawler and his highly proficient group of architects, these wise men understand the values of a perfect toolbox.
They happen to be partial to blue and white colors too.
"It was John Calipari who said, ‘Be a star in your role,’" Lawler said. "Jay Bilas said in his book, ‘Figure out what your role is and be the best person in that role that you can be.’ We want to keep building the house and figure out what we want to do."
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