The defending state champions lost a good chunk of its title-winning roster, but returners like Isabelle Boyer have maintained Grant County’s contender status.
“I think the people returning from last year have had to step up a little bit more, but I think that’s a good thing,” the sophomore Boyer said.
The former District 9 Honorable Mention guard has had to step out of her defense-first comfort zone this year.
“I mostly just tried to pass and get rebounds, not so much score last year,” Boyer said. “I think this year I’ve started to realize I need to start doing more.”
She’s dedicated herself to expanding her range.
“I tried to work more on my shots, because last year I wasn’t very good at outside shooting,” she said. “I think my shots have gotten better.”
Her teammates would agree.
“She can rebound, she can shoot,” junior Madison Meyer said. “Last year she didn’t have to do some of those things, where this year she really stepped up, and even only being a sophomore, I think there’s a lot of improvement.”
Beyond focusing on her personal game, Boyer’s making sure to take her eight grade and freshman teammates under her wing.
“Just stay calm when you’re playing,” Boyer tells her young teammates. “You’re going to have good games, and you’re going to have bad games, but just try to contribute however you can, and do your best.”
Boyer scored 36 points in Grant County’s win Thursday against Solen. The team next hosts Killdeer on Saturday.