Borah High School
Conference: 5A Southern Idaho Conference
Head Coach: Jason Willer
Years as Head Coach: 3rd Season
Record Last Year: 7-15
State Titles: 1979, 1997, 1999, 2001
Who do you have coming back this year?
Kiana Corpus PG Sophomore
Michal Bilger F Junior
Xaelani Comacho G Sophomore
Lizzy Hemphill F Senior
Kayla Bryant F Senior
Sydney Pulsipher G Senior
Any Returning Players with Honors?
Kiana Corpus SIC Honorable Mention
Michal Bilger SIC Honorable Mention
Do you have any new incoming “impact” players?
Alesia Jones G Freshman
Alyssa Bolt F Freshman
Madeline Bryant F Junior
Photo By: Steve Conner - #12 Kiana Corpus
Written by: Ryan Lee
The Borah Lions, like last season, will start the season with a lot of young guns on their roster. Leading the Lions out of the gate this year will be two returning starters, Sophomore, SIC honorable mention guard, Kiana Corpus, and Junior, SIC honorable mention forward, Michal Bilger. With Kiana Corpus back as the starting point guard, the Lions look to start the year having great ball handling skills and leadership in their backcourt. Freshman guard, Alesia Jones will join Corpus, and the Lions hope to have a one-two punch when it comes to ball handling and shooting from the perimeter.
Borah was one of the smaller teams in the Southern Idaho Conference last season. This season, the Lions will feature another team with none of its players over 5-10. What the Lady Lions lack in height, they make up for with physical play. In the frontcourt, offensive rebounding will be a big part of the team’s success again this season. Michal Bilger will be returning for her third year as a varsity starter, and comes back after averaging 11 rebounds a game last season.
When I asked Coach Jason Willer about how he plans to overcome the height differential this season he said, “We will have to build off our strengths. Those strengths come in the form of team quickness and physicality. We will have improved team speed this season, and our team will count on pushing the ball up the floor offensively, and defensively playing with great energy and physicality.”
Defensively, Borah plans on picking up early on opposing guards and playing clean pressure defense. In the backcourt, Corpus and Jones, along with Senior Sydney Pulsipher, should cause many problems for opposing guards. With the help of two returning Senior forwards in Lizzy Hemphill and Kayla Bryant, they will help Bilger in the defensive rebounding category, where the Lady Lions out-rebounded their opponents in almost every game last season.
The Lady Lions got plenty of shots up last season, but where they struggled was knocking down shots, especially from the perimeter.
Coach Willer said, “In order for us to be successful this season it is a key that we are able to knock down a much better percentage of our shots.” He also mentioned another key was to cut down on their turnovers.
The Borah Lady Lions will be a fun young team to watch this season. They look to be loaded with a bunch of future stars that hope to build off their successes from last season and return to the state tournament for the first time in eight seasons.
“This is a young team with a great desire to work hard and to be successful. This team has a bunch of good shooters with good speed and that will make for a strong defensive team,” -Coach Willer.
GAMES TO WATCH: BORAH vs BOISE – December 9th at Boise High. With the new pod system this year Boise and Borah will only play once this season. Senior night will be January 29th against Capital.