BOISE, Idaho – The Boise Braves girls basketball team went 18-2 on the season, including a 17-game winning streak to clinch the number one seed in the Southern Idaho Conference District Tournament.
The 5A Southern Idaho Conference district tournament will determine seeds and who makes it to the state tournament on February 16 at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa.
Boise will host Middleton at Capital High School on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. followed by Eagles vs. Timberline.
The Boise Braves have a talented squad, but they don’t have a single senior on their team.
Coach Kim Brydges said, “This is my 18th year and this is the first year I can remember without a senior.” “We have some great leadership in our two juniors, Avery Howell and Sophia Clark.”
Not being a senior doesn’t mean the Braves don’t have experience, the year before they made it to the state championships where they lost against Timberline.
“It was a really good experience and it gave a lot of us a good feel for how the tournament is going, who we’re playing against and the big crowd,” said Sophia Clarke. “It’s nerve racking sometimes, but also exciting.”
Avery Howell has become one of the best players in the state, she does a lot of different things on the floor as she averages 20 points and 11 rebounds a game.
“He’s a catalyst for us on both sides of the ball,” Bryges said. “She’s been a leader for many years, even as a freshman she used to speak up and comment on the floor there the rest of the team was running, she’s a fantastic player and really fun to watch.” I have fun.”
Boise shut out most of their opponents this year, but their season ended with a three-point win against Timberline and a three-point loss to Rocky Mountain before that.
Teams believe that close matches will help them move forward, especially Team India loss to the Rockies where they fell behind early and fought to take the lead, but they eventually missed the lead to tie it at three at the end of the game.
Howell said, “I think it taught us that we have to be ready to play every game.” “I think it was honestly good for us to have experience going to districts and state because I think we are more than prepared.”
The team held its annual Pink Zone game earlier this month, setting a new record for breast cancer awareness and raising more than $60,000 for the American Cancer Society of Idaho, as teams, students and schools all came together to participate. Come together for
Coach Bryce wanted to acknowledge assistant coach Erin Della and parent Peggy Luke for their efforts during the fundraiser, in total the school has raised $36,793 over the past 14 years.