Brons enjoying first season of college basketball
Former Colville High School basketball standout Jorden Brons is heading into the home stretch of her first season of college basketball with the Community Colleges of Spokane (Spokane Falls Community College).
The 5-6 freshman guard at CCS has enjoyed her experiences on and off the court playing for the Sasquatch (6-13, 1-6), who held off Wenatchee Valley (7-13, 2-6) Saturday in Wenatchee. Brons scored four points in the win.
“It has been tough as far as wins and losses, but we have grown a lot as a team the last couple of weeks and I am excited to see what we can do to turn things around for the last part of the season,” Brons said before the Wenatchee Valley game.
Brons says she appreciates the talents of veteran CCS women’s basketball head coach, Bruce Johnson.
“On the court, I have grown a lot as an athlete, both physically and in the mental aspect of the game,” Brons says. “Bruce (coach Johnson) knows more about the game than I ever imagined and we are constantly putting in new plays and options.”
Johnson, in his 24th year with the women’s basketball program and 21st year as head coach, is the all-time winning coach in Lady Sasquatch history. Although his 2011-2012 team won’t get there, his teams have averaged 20 wins a season during his tenure.
Brons is doing some things at the college level for CCS that she didn’t have to do for head coach Don Teeguarden during her stellar career at CHS.
If you told Brons that she’d be guarding post players at times in her first season of college basketball, you probably would have gotten a strange look—and most likely a smile too. But that’s what she’s been doing at times this winter for a Sasquatch team that is a little short on bigs and is pretty much a roster of guards.
“My strengths this year for Spokane have been rebounding and drawing (the toughest) defensive assignments,” she related. “I have had to play a post at times…against girls twice my size. But that has made me battle even harder.”
Brons, who has always had a very solid work ethic, knows that rebounding has a lot to do with effort, desire and “want to.” The former All-NEA and All-GNL player at Colville possesses those attributes in spades.
“The thing I love about basketball is that a lot of it is about heart,” says Brons, a Sasquatch starter, a leader in minutes and the team’s number three rebounder. “Rebounding is the desire of how bad you want it and I love going all out.”
On and off the court, Brons says she has made “some great friends with my teammates and we have fun hanging out outside of basketball.
“We have made some great memories and I know that we will be lifelong friends, even after we are through playing basketball.”
She plans to play at SFCC next season.
“Depending on how the season goes, I will keep my options open for playing at a four-year school,” Brons added.
The Sasquatch will host Blue Mountain Community College on Friday at 6 p.m. and Treasure Valley Community College Saturday (4 p.m.).
The CCS women have seven NWAACC games remaining on their schedule before the annual NWAACC Championships March 3-6 in the Tri-Cities.