Senior point guard reaches career milestone in win
Known as “Mama Brittley” by her teammates, Fredericksburg High School senior Brittley Bowers always takes care of her teammates on and off the basketball court.
“She is a very good basketball player, she has high-skill, high-basketball IQ,” FHS head coach Carrie Grona said. “But that isn’t what makes her special. She has a way of making you feel special when she is around you. No matter if you are one of the top programs or you are one of the last, she makes you feel confident and she makes you feel special.”
On Tuesday, Nov. 11, Bowers needed 11 points to a hit a milestone — 1,000 career points. And she had no idea how close she was.
At the end of the third quarter, Bowers hit a jumper just as the buzzer sounded.
“That was a moment where it seemed like all my hard work paid off, all the blood, sweat and tears that I have put into this program,” Bowers said. “It’s been a dream to reach 1,000 points. It’s surreal and something I could not have done without my teammates.”
On the court
On the court, Bowers always tries to think two steps ahead.
“That is what makes her such a great, natural leader,” Grona said.
Bowers also allows her team to make mistakes and learn, just as she did.
“They want her opinion. They know how important her opinion is, on and off the court,” Grona said. “She knows the aspects of the game.”
After a game against Uvalde in Bowers’ freshman year, Grona had a health scare. Grona had memory issues and at one point, collapsed.
“Brittley was right there making sure I was okay. She sensed something was wrong,” Grona said. “At that point, at 14 years old, she was that in-tune and stepped up and told the team it was going to be okay. They listened to her. It was a very mature moment and I have just seen her grow since then.”
Off the court
When she isn’t making baskets or getting rebounds, Bowers is actively involved in 4-H, FFA, is the Gillespie County Fair Queen and participates in activities at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
“Her spiritual faith is probably one of her best qualities,” Grona said.
“At the end of the day, I have to give all the glory to God, he has helped me get through all of this,” Bowers said. “My parents have raised me to be the person I am and I have to give a lot of the credit to them, as well. They help feed my animals when I have practice late and take me to games and are really the backbone of everything that I do.”
Managing all these activities can be tough, but Bowers stays on track.
“It’s nonstop for her but she is very organized and detail-oriented and has things planned out,” Grona said. “She is so disciplined.”
Bowers averages about 16 points per game, meaning that if no games get canceled and she plays the remaining 22 games on the schedule, she would need to score at least 20.45 points per game by the end of the regular season to hit 1,500 career points.
“I want to continue to push through this season because it’s my senior year and I hope we can return to state again. I want to help make this team be the best that we can be,” Bowers said.
“When she’s not around, it’s a missing piece and it’s a void,” Grona said. “I don’t want to think about next year because that will be the year we don’t have Brittley Bowers and that’s a void that can’t really be filled.”
As a four-year varsity player, Bowers has had her fair share of achievements.
In the 2018-2019 season, Bowers was named to the TABC All-Region Class 4A Region 2 Team and was the Defensive Most Valuable Player for District 28-4A.
During the 2019-2020 season, Bowers was named the All-District MVP.
Bowers also won the following awards in the 2019-2020 season: San Antonio Express-News All-Region Team, Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-Region Team and Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Star Team.
Bowers joins several former FHS players who have hit the 1,000 list, including 2019 graduate Mia Torres, who hit the 1,500 mark in January 2019.
“I think this shows how strong our program is throughout and how well our coaches prepare us by putting us through adverse situations,” Bowers said. “I think it also shows how much our program means to Fredericksburg and how our girls have put in that extra work since second or third grade and how we are making this program big again.”
FHS saw its first loss this week to 5A Boerne Champion, 43-31.
At 3-1, the Billies were set to face Liberty Hill late Monday and will face Mason today, Tuesday, Nov. 24.
The team will then take a break for the Thanksgiving holiday, before returning to the court on Tuesday, Dec. 1 against Somerset.
Games are set for 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the FHS gym.
Boerne Champion 43 — FHS 31
Saturday, Nov. 21 at Boerne
FHS 4 19 2 6 – 31
BCHS 6 16 13 8 – 43
Scoring: Brittley Bowers 10, Audrey Spurgin 7, Madison Frantzen 5, Madison McKinnon 3, Ella Hartmann 3, Misty Danz 2, Avery Crouse 1.
Assists: Hartmann 2, Anabel Ariaza 2, McKinnon 1, Bowers 1.
Rebounds: Bowers 3, Frantzen 2, Araiza 1, Spurgin 1.
Steals: Bowers 3, Spurgin 3, Crouse 1, Frantzen 1, Araiza 1.
FHS 65 — SA Cornerstone 26
Tuesday, Nov. 17 at FHS
FHS 20 19 16 10 – 65
CCHS 8 10 5 3 – 26
Scoring: Audrey Spurgin 16, Avery Crouse 11, Brittley Bowers 11, Ella Hartmann 8, Anabel Araiza 8, Madison Frantzen 4, Zoe Maurer 4, Madison McKinnon 2, Misty Danz 1.
Assists: Araiza 4, Hartmann 3, McKinnon 2, Crouse 1, Lauren Beyer 1, Bowers 1, Spurgin 1.
Rebounds: Spurgin 9, Crouse 6, Beyer 5, Bowers 5, Araiza 5, Hartmann 3, Danz 3, McKinnon 1.
Steals: McKinnon 5, Hartmann 5, Crouse 3, Bowers 3, Araiza 3, Frantzen 2, Beyer 1, Spurgin 1.