She and Altobelli—her best friend on the team, the on…

She and Altobelli—her best friend on the team, the one she shared the most inside jokes with—were a terror at the top of the team’s 1-2-2 full-court press and 2-3 matchup zone. Kobe didn’t even tell them to trap, but Gigi, with her long arms, instinctually figured out that they should, and she began hounding girls. Last spring, she shut down a girl six inches taller than her. “She fought. She had this fire,” says Mike Alexander, CEO and president of Swoosh Basketball, who was at that game. Gigi rarely took breathers. “Even after the whistle blows, she’s still going, still keeping the play alive,” says Athena Tomlinson, 14, a friend and rival who was mentored by Kobe (he’d call her “Shifty Lefty”).
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