GREELEY — There are a number of things that Grace Beaudin could remember from playing in her last high school sporting event ever. But the Evergreen senior will remember one thing more than anything else.
“I think having my coach come out to watch me in my last high school game ever,” Beaudin said.
It was Ali Meyers, after all, that Beaudin credits for giving her a chance to play athletics, going back to fifth grade. And to the end, which came on June 12 at the Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State Games at the University of Northern Colorado, she was there by Beaudin’s side yet again.
And now it’s over. But not before Beaudin left one final impression.
She averaged 12 points, including a 13-point tally in the third-place consolation game — a game won by her Black squad 69-55 over the White team. Beaudin hit two 3-pointers.
Though her shot, in her own words, was a little rusty, it was her defense and leadership from the point guard position that helped the Black squad overcome an early deficit against the White team.
“We really caught on fire so we got back into the game,” said Beaudin, who watched her team trail by three after one quarter and 34-32 at halftime. “We were off in the first game. We played a lot better.”
That first game was a 77-72 loss to the Blue squad in the four-team field. The defeat dropped her team into the consolation game and one last chance to leave her mark on high school basketball in Colorado.
It’s now off to the University of San Diego for the former Evergreen High student body president. That’s a long ways away from her beginnings as a freshman on the varsity girls basketball team.
“It’s weird to think like it’s all over. I remember my first year, freshman year, playing with the varsity. A few of our girls were out. It feels like it was just yesterday. It hasn’t been that long,” the two-time first-team 4A Jeffco League All-Conference player said.
No, it hasn’t been. But it has been fun.