Sandpoint basketball fans could file this under “not surprising.”
Bulldog alumna and Eastern Washington University freshman Grace Kirscher (‘18) earned honorable mention honors on the Big Sky’s all-conference team.
Not only that, Kirscher was one of two freshmen (the other being Big Sky Freshman of the Year Gina Marxen) to win all-conference awards.
Kirscher made her presence known immediately for the Eastern Washington Eagles, who have had a few setbacks in its 12-19 season, which continues tomorrow at 8 p.m. against Northern Colorado in the Big Sky Tournament semifinals.
In EWU’s third game of the season, the Sandpoint scorer of old came off the bench to score 21 points in a against NCAA Tournament-bound BYU team on Nov. 17.
Her reward? Her first-career start against Utah four days later.
When all was said and done, Kirscher started in 23 out of EWU’s 31 games, averaged 10.6 points per game and set a career-high of 22 points (on 6-6 shooting from beyond the arc) against Southern Utah.
Like she did in so many games at Les Rogers Court, Kirscher has become a three-point specialist for the Eagles. Per HerHoopStats.com, Kirscher’s 50.2 effective field goal percentage is tops on the team and she gets 51.9 percent of points from beyond the arc — all while playing relatively mistake-free basketball.
Kirscher scored over 1,000 points during her four-year Sandpoint varsity girls basketball career. As a senior, she capped off her career by winning Gatorade Player of the Year honors for the state of Idaho and winning MVP honors in both the District 1 and the state-wide all-star games.
In league play, Kirscher earned Co-Newcomer of the Year honors in her freshman season and didn’t look back. She avoided a sophomore slump by earning all-league honors, then was the 4A IEL Player of the Year in her junior and senior seasons.