Sports are often filled with stories of people accomplishing great things. What makes a story truly special is when you are caught off guard. The unpredictable stories are what drives us to watch, to support and to celebrate.
J.R.R. Tolkien writes, “the ring was picked up by the most unlikely creature.” This season has been a period of transition for the girls basketball program. Coach Tory Gum came in to replace Beth Mitchell as the varsity girls coach. And with him came a different offensive and defensive mindset, something that the players had to adjust to quickly.
“Meredith (Bult) never shot three pointers for me. I tried, but I couldn’t get her to work up the confidence. We ran a different offense, where she often found herself in the post,” former coach Beth Mitchell said. “I think this new offense really helped to bring out her confidence.”
Even though the school was founded in 1853, many of the girls basketball records are fairly recent. Beth Rooks, class of 97, still holds the record for most three pointers in a career at 106. Earlier this winter, Meredith broke the single game three point record by making eight 3s against Rosary. Sydney Sharkey set the single season record for most three pointers in a season back in 2009-2010 with 57. Last night, senior forward Meredith Bult broke that record with a step back three with a minute left to play in a close game against a conference opponent.
For those who watched the girls basketball program last year, this would be a shocking discovery. But for the people who have followed the girls’ season this year, many would not be surprised in the slightest. That is what makes this story so great. Meredith did something no one saw coming, and at the same time, she did something everyone saw coming.
Congratulations, Meredith Bult! You are the reason we love sports.