By NICK SLOAN, NJSloan212@gmail.com
Note to the City of Bonner Springs and Bonner Springs High School - it's time to line-up and support the Bonner Springs Braves girls basketball team.
As I've written this season, Bonner Springs has been one of my favorite schools to cover since KCK Preps debuted. They've had some good teams this year dating back to the football season.
The girls and boys basketball teams have been great to watch and they are easily the best teams when you combined the records in both Wyandotte County and the Kaw Valley League.
When you combined the girls' record of 20-1 with the boys' 15-5 record, you come out with a 35-6 record - regardless to say, this is very good.
The girls won the Kaw Valley League this year, which was one of the best girls basketball leagues this year in the Kansas City metro area.
And locally, they're making more history.
The Bonner Springs girls team is the first Wyandotte County team since the 2000 Schlagle boys basketball team to have just one loss or less entering the postseason. Schlagle was undefeated until the very last game of the season, while the Braves lost one game by just one point.
Yet, they don't have the support of the school's students and the community of Bonner Springs as much as the boys team does.
Now, I'm not naive. In most if not all communities I cover, the boys team generally outdraws the girls team. It's a bit unfair, but it is what it is.
However, the Bonner Springs girls deserve the same amount of attention from the city that the boys are getting.
They can play both half-court basketball and up-tempo basketball. Yessenia Hernandez and Anna Deegan are exciting to watch when they're pushing the tempo, as they did in the Bonner Springs-Tonganoxie game two weeks ago.
Deegan has one of the best stat-lines in the Kaw Valley League and Hernandez might be the most improved girls player in the KVL during the course of the year. She averages over 8 points and nearly 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals a game.
The Wilson sisters average about 14 points and 10 rebounds a game combined.
Haley Hoffine averages basically 5 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists a game, another good stat-line.
Having covered this team five times this year, the Bonner girls are truly one of the better girls teams Wyandotte County has had in a very long time. They could be 22-1 by this time next week and MaxPreps has them ranked #4 in Kansas 4A, meaning they are one of the true favorites to win a state title.
So, if you have time, Bonner residents should consider coming out to Bonner Springs High School to support the Braves girls team.
They have a group full of winners and could make history this year. It's not a team Bonner Springs should get behind.
It's a team Wyandotte County should get behind if the Braves get to state.