One of those goals was to bring home hardware from the state basketball championships in March. They fulfilled that goal, according to Head Coach Chris Schofield.
“I guess we’ll need to be more specific next year,” Schofield said as he gestured to the trophy sitting on a table in front a room full of players and their families. “Next year, we’ll bring home two trophies.”
The trophy Schofield was referring to was the Sportsmanship Award that the team won.
According to Schofield, he had OSAA officials approach him after the Lady Bruins lost their first playoff game and comment on how impressed they were with the Bruins’ demeanor despite the loss.
The Bruins ability to keep their chin up and fight again in the “breakfast bracket” was what garnered them the award, Schofield said.
Both the junior varsity and varsity teams with their parents and coaches were gathered Wednesday night for a year-end banquet to honor the players and their dedication.
According to JV coach Daryn Farmer, the JV squad finished the season with a record of 13 wins and four losses. One of those wins included a final-game drubbing of the Sutherlin Vikings JV squad, a perennial powerhouse.
The varsity squad finished the season with a record of 19 wins and nine losses, and its second trip to the OSAA state tournament in three years.
“You guys are to be commended for all the work you did,” Schofield told the assembled group. “It is quite an achievement just to go to state.”
After Farmer called the JV squad up to be recognized for its contribution to the BHHS girls’ season, those members of the varsity program receiving letters were brought to the front of the room.
The only freshman to receive her letter was Drew Farmer.
Sophomores receiving their letters were Iva Hart and Courtney Kay.
The majority of the letter recipients were juniors and included Francesca Farr, Hannah Baron, Alaura Marrington, Shawndee Hatcher, Jordyn Keys, Cassidy Vaught, Karlie Gonzalez and Mallory McDonald.
The team will graduate three seniors from this years team including Athena Farr, Josey Glazebrook and Lakota Hatcher.
Four of the Lady Bruins were named to the Far West League All-League teams.
Hatcher was named to the All-League Honorable Mention team; Hart was named to the All-League Second Team; Gonzalez was named to the All-League All Defensive Team and Mallory McDonald was named to the All-League First Team.
The team also handed out three team-specific awards as chosen by the coaches.
Kay was named the team’s Most Improved Player, McDonald was named the Most Valuable Player for offense and Gonzalez was named the Most Valuable Player for the defense.