By Brooke Taylor
Photos by Dave Argyle (DBA Photography)
It is said that a strong team bond leads to trust in one’s teammates, and that trust leads to tremendous success. That has proven true for the Sky View Lady Bobcats this year.
The team unity they have formed is helping them climb to the top of the winning ladder this season. The Bobcats are 22-2 so far and they went undefeated in region, earning the Region 1 championship in Class 5A a year after winning an undefeated 4A state title.
However, winning doesn’t come through just unity alone; there has to be some drive there, some competition. Sky View junior Kaylee Carlsen was asked about her motivation and that was her response.
“Competition,” Carlsen said. “I’m a very competitive person so I’m always looking to win.”
Carlsen is one of the reasons these girls have had so much success this season. She averages 17.4 points per game, five rebounds, 3.1 steals, and 2.6 assists.
While those individual numbers might be impressive, she attributes a lot of her success to the team and its togetherness.
“I think our bond helps us to trust each other more and to have confidence in each other,” Carlsen said. “We also expect a lot from each other which helps everyone to work harder.”
Carlsen’s motivation has always been her love and passion for the game, and she continues to play with that attitude.
“In high school (this year) my focus has more switched to playing well enough to get a full ride scholarship and play basketball somewhere,” Carlsen said. “I don’t really know where, I’m just kind of waiting to see what I get offered, and what college is the best fit for me.”
Gaining the championship of Class 5A’s Region 1 was a huge accomplishment for the team. Last year, the Bobcats were able to claim the state championship in Class 4A competition, and this year there were doubts about how well they would be able to compete in 5A after being moved through reclassification.
Yet, Sky View has proven throughout its amazing season that it could face up to its opponents. The Bobcats showed that again Feb. 23, during the first game of the state tournament when they played Lone Peak and won by more than 30 points (72-37). The followed that up with a win over defending 5A champion Brighton and then a win against American Fork to reach the championship game again, this time as a 5A team.
“I’m hoping we can get a state championship,” Carlsen said when asked what her goal was for this year’s tournament. “Last year was an amazing season and the ending was such a great feeling. I’m hoping we can do it again.”
The Lady Bobcats have one more hurdle to reach that goal, a state championship game matchup with unbeaten Layton.
Sky View High student Brooke Taylor wrote this story as part of the of the Preps Utah student journalism program, powered by Bank of American Fork, which will award two of our published student journalists college scholarships at the end of the school year.