Although shooting the basketball is her stock and trade, Brittany Boslet has waited a long time to get her shot in the starting lineup, so she tries hard to keep her head in the game.
Sometimes her head is a little too close to the action. Like Saturday afternoon against Clarion.
"I just remember we were playing a zone, and I was running up to guard this girl," Boslet said. "When I ran up, she turned her head, and her head went right into my nose.
Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec
Brittany Boslet broke her nose in Saturday’s game but is expected to play tonight.
"I didn't really recognize what happened at first. Then Halee [Adams] told me I was pouring out blood."
A visit to the hospital confirmed what most already knew: Boslet's nose was broken. But it wasn't dislocated and there were no signs of a concussion, so Boslet - Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School's only first-year starter on a team with four others that have started at least three seasons - should be on the floor when the Lady Marauders tip off tonight against WPIAL champion Vincentian in the PIAA Class A semifinals at Indiana Area High School.
"I never felt that it was the four of them with me as the fifth starter. They treated me like I was starting for three years. That was really good," Boslet said. "I just wanted to do everything that I could to contribute to the team, whether that meant shooting 3s or playing defense. Anything I needed to do, I was going to do it."
With a pair of 3-pointers on Saturday before her game ended prematurely, Boslet pushed her Lady Marauder-leading total to 35. She's also third on the team in assists.
"She's a very intelligent basketball player," BG coach Mark Moschella said of the 5-foot-8 Boslet, who is averaging 6.5 points per game. "She does a lot of good things with our defense. She's been very, very consistent the whole season. Offensively, she stretches defenses for us. We really rely on her when people want to converge on Halee in the middle that we can have a nice reversal. Brittany's a huge part of what we do."
Entering the season, Boslet was a big question mark. She barely played as a sophomore, and, as a junior, she was the first or second player off the bench on a team that rarely used its bench much unless it absolutely had to.
With a pair of players graduating who were in the rotation, though, Boslet's opportunity was there to step in.
"Just being on the team is awesome as it is. My sophomore year, I didn't play much. That just motivated me so much more to work harder and try that much more to start whatever year I could. That's all I really wanted to do," Boslet said.
Boslet had been playing basketball for about 10 years, and her outside shot always has been her calling card. But she knew she needed to do more to reach her goal of playing.
"I probably worked the most on defense, because I'm not the fastest kid out there, but Coach Mo really looks for defense which turns into offense," Boslet said.
Adams and Boslet always have gone to school together. Adams thought her friend had what it took to make her dream a reality.
"I noticed her drive and her passion for basketball. I know she's always loved it so much," Adams said. "There's a couple of us that came through grade school together, and we all push each other. She was always the one that was positive about it. And she was always the cutest one."
Boslet grabbed the spotlight in the District 6 championship game. Portage had 6-1 Olivia McCabe to contest shots in the paint, but Boslet hit a jumper to open the game, then another, then another. She wound up with 19 points, her career-high by six.
"It was awesome. I never imagined I would shoot that well in such a big game," Boslet said. "But I felt very confident coming in. I wasn't nervous at all. I wanted to win so bad, just like my teammates. You kind of don't think of anything else."
"I was so happy for her, I can't even explain," Adams said. "After she hit every shot, I just wanted to go over and hug her. I know she was loving that. I know her mother was so excited, too. I could tell she was enjoying herself that game and relaxed. I could tell she was ecstatic."
So was Moschella.
"Brittany's a good example of what hard work does. If we have a sophomore or a junior right now, they know that their time will come, but it's only going to come if they put in the hard work that Brittany Boslet put in," Moschella said.
In addition to basketball, Boslet is involved in the Eco Club, Spanish Club, SADD and the National Honor Society at BG, and she was crowned homecoming queen in the fall. She plans to attend St. Francis or Penn State Altoona when she graduates.
"I want to go into something medical," Boslet said. "Nothing in ears, nose and throat, though."