Girls Basketball Preview

Written by: Allison Crist, Reporter

It’s almost that time of year! The girls and boys of BLHS are mentally and physically preparing themselves for basketball season. This year, the girls are looking to join the boys in getting a state title. Amber Garver, a junior, has very high hopes for this season. “We have a very good chance of being successful this year. I’m excited to see where the year leads us,” Garver said.

Amber has been playing since she was five years old. “When I was a little girl, my brothers were constantly playing basketball. I wanted to be like them, so I chose to give it a shot.” She stuck with it every year in elementary school. When middle school came, her team went undefeated all through 7th and 8th grade. “We didn’t lose a single game. I will never forget how it felt,” she said.

On the first day of high school basketball tryouts, Amber couldn’t have been more nervous. “I knew I was going to give it my all, but I was afraid my all wouldn’t be good enough.” However, she ended up making the JV team and even got some varsity playing time. That year, the varsity girls won the substate tournament. They also took third at state.

Garver added, “I didn’t get to play much because it was my freshman year. However, it was still an amazing experience to witness. I loved cheering my team on.

Not only does Amber play basketball for BLHS, she also plays on AAU teams. “I wouldn’t be the player I am today if it weren’t for all of the club teams I’ve been involved with.” She actually played on the same team this last summer with senior, Jamie Johnson.

Jamie has also been playing basketball ever since she was little. She’s looking forward to a great senior year season. Last year, Johnson was injured in the middle of the season during a game against Tonganoxie. She broke her arm and was out for the rest of the year. “I was extremely upset. I wanted nothing more than to just get back out on the court and play. I even got my cast off the day right after we lost in substate,” Jamie explained.

Although Jamie was unable to play for the duration of last year, she’s fully healed and ready to go now. It will be interesting to see how this season goes, especially with a new coach. “I like his enthusiasm and how he does everything he can to win. Playing time doesn’t really matter to him,” Amber said, talking about Mr. Tatkenhorst.

Tryouts will begin on November 12th this year. The freshmen will have the chance to show what they’re made of. While they may be nervous, the returning players will probably be filled with excitement. “I’m not too worried about tryouts. I’ve gone through them twice before. That was with Simpson, though. We will just have to wait and see how they go,” Garver said. She was referring to the previous coach, Noah Simpson. He coached the varsity girls for multiple years before he transferred to another school, last year.

When the season gets going, make sure to come out and support the boys and the girls. “It’s definitely better playing for a crowd that’s rooting us on. I’d love to play and have a big student section like the boys get,” Johnson added.

“A student section is especially helpful when we are playing a rival team,” Amber said, “Basehor’s rival school kind of depends on what sport you’re talking about. For girls basketball, it’s probably Tonganoxie.” Last year, the Lady Bobcats defeated Tonganoxie by over 20 points and lost to them the second time.

Only time will tell how these winter sports here at BLHS will do. Many hope that the boys will be able to bring home another state championship. This time, hopefully the girls will get the honor to, as well!