However, things didn’t start well and the team, facing older opponents, lost its first couple of games. It would win only the three. Hardy was coaching for the first time in the Carroll County loop, but she was already familiar with a lot of her girls. A number of them had played for her AAU team of the previous year. So Hardy knew what they could do and felt they would do it well. But things turned out a little rough for her team of eighth graders.