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Boise High School

School Info
Conference: 5A Southern Idaho Conference
Classification: 5A

Head Coach: Kim Brydges

Years as Head Coach: 9th

Previous Experience: in either assistant or sub-varsity role for additional 7 yrs

Record Last Year: 11-12

State Titles: 2002, 2005

Assistant Coaches:
David Maxwell

Who do you have coming back this year?
We are returning 4 of our 5 starters from the 2012-2013 season as well as a core of players with previous varsity experience. Returning starters (4): Natasha Dacic (Forward / Senior / 6’0”) Megan Lee (Guard / Junior / 5’7”) Isabelle Hadden (Post / Sophomore / 6’2”) Lydia Miles (Guard / Junior / 5’4”) Returning varsity players(3): Adriane Hershey (Post / Senior / 5’11”) Tatem Fredrickson (Guard / Junior / 5’5”) Kirsten Robinson (Guard / Sophomore / 5’8”)

Any Returning Players with Honors?
Isabelle Hadden – Honorable Mention SIC

Any “Key Players” that you lost from last year?
Our biggest loss was guard Maddie Skaggs who is now playing at College of Idaho. She was an important scorer for us and also a quick defender.

Do you have any new incoming “impact” players?
Hanna Orton (Guard / Sophomore / 5’6”)

Photo By: Steve Conner - #12 Isabelle Hadden
As a team, what are your offensive strengths?
Offensively, we will have a more balanced attack of scoring this season. We return our leading scorer from last year with Isabelle Hadden (12.4 ppg / 9.3 rpg / shot 50.4% FG) and also plan to see point production from Natasha Dacic (5.9 ppg / 5.7 rpg) and Megan Lee (4.9 ppg / 3.7 rpg). Additionally, Hanna Orton (JV last year) will help us on the scoring front.

Offensive areas you hope to improve on over last year:
We hope to improve our assist to turnover margin and increase our rebounding advantage over other teams. Due to our depth, we also hope to push tempo more than last year’s squad.

As a team, what are your defensive strengths?
Our defensive strength comes from our versatility and experience on the floor. As mentioned earlier, we are returning a strong core of varsity players which means we can build on the foundations of last year’s defense instead of having to completely teach the basics to all players.

Defensive Areas you hope to improve on over last year:
We want to improve our communication on defense and also add in some new wrinkles in both the half court and full court situations.

Does your team have a motto/theme for the upcoming season?
This year's captains (Natasha Dacic & Lydia Miles) developed the motto of "NEXT". We are still a fairly young team and the philosophy behind NEXT is to move on instead of dwell on mistakes. It is also to encourage our kids to practice with the mindset of preparing for whoever we NEXT play so we are accountable for continued improvement.

What are you most excited about in regards to this year’s team?
Two years ago our team went through a complete rebuilding year and only managed a 2-18 record, missing out of the opportunity to compete in district play. Last year we went 10-10 during the season and made it all the way to the state play-in game, losing to eventual state runner-up, Coeur d’Alene. My players have committed to improving during the off-season and worked hard over the summer and during the fall. I am eager to get started because I’d love to see us pick up where we left off and build back the strong tradition of Boise Girls Basketball success.

For the fans, what is the must-see game of the year on your schedule?
Honestly – with so much parity in our league this year, I see plenty of great match-ups.

What is the ‘X-Factor’ to having success this season as a team?
Again – due to the parity, I think the X-factor is going to be which team is best able to play consistent basketball. If we can put together four quarters of consistent offense and defense, we can compete with every team in the league.

If you could change one rule in high school basketball, what would it be?
Easy - add the shot clock. I could jump up on my soap box and explain the many reasons why, however the bottom line is that the addition of a shot clock would greatly improve the game in Idaho and would reward solid defensive effort. I grew up in Washington State and played with a shot clock both in my prep and college careers. When I began coaching high school ball in Idaho, I was dumbfounded to learn we didn’t have a shot clock.

Besides the pay, the fame and the glory, why do you coach high school basketball?
I genuinely love teaching and am passionate about what I teach in the classroom and on the basketball court. I also very much enjoy working with young people and especially appreciate the unique interactions that happen within a team dynamic.

What makes your school the best place to coach for?
Boise High is a wonderful place to work. The student-athletes I work with are dedicated both on the court and in the classroom. I’m proud to be their coach.

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