Anyway, she just had a great practice and is all peppy and excited for next game, as of right now. I've talked to her about doing what she can but not pushing herself too hard. She seems to have learned her lesson. We'll see.
Just to add a little interest, another girl was sick yesterday, so the six-person team was down to four -- and four players have to be on the court. So this time she (and the rest of her team) had to play the whole entire game, didn't sit down at all.
I was really proud of her -- told her afterwards I thought it was her best game so far. She was the most intense player out there the whole time, but managed to avoid burnout. Pushed hard but not too hard. Her offense was OK (she scored her teams' only points, several good shots didn't bounce favorably), her defense was amazing!
She toggled between defending the other teams' two best players and most of the time was really defending both of them. She played clean, no calls, but one of the two girls she was defending pitched a fit when her coach told her to guard sozlet (whomever you guard guards you). This kid complained that sozlet never let her take a shot and kept stealing the ball! Stomp. Sozlet was like, dude, that's basketball.
Sozlet's team still lost, but since she was out there the whole time doing the smothering defense thing, it was by a much smaller margin than last time. And she was cheery afterwards.
So I'm feeling better about her ability to deal with adversity. I was worried after last game that she would become one of those stressed-out teenagers who are always working their butts off to achieve, always feeling like they're not quite good enough. I don't want that to happen. Still might, but this particular situation is looking up.