Player Profile: Izzy Lucas

Isabella Lucas, or Izzy as most of her friends call her, is the 3rd child of 7 in the Lucas family and one of 4 to currently play or have played varsity basketball at Archbishop Murphy.

“I started playing basketball in third grade because my mom wanted me to try it,” Izzy told me, “Turns out I actually liked it.” After a year of playing recreationally, she went on to play select basketball for multiple clubs, including Wolfpack and Northside, between 4th and 9th grade.

This year is Izzy’s fourth year playing varsity basketball for AMHS, and her second year as captain alongside her best friend Maddie Hill. “I’ve loved playing varsity for four years because the team has become like my family,” she said.

In fact, one member of the AMHS varsity team is actually her family. Izzy’s younger sister, Julia, a sophomore forward, regularly starts for the Wildcats. Although at first it was weird for Izzy to play on the same team as her sister, she feels that it’s ultimately brought them closer and created a special bond between them.

While she admitted that she doesn’t do much training outside of basketball practice, Izzy joined the AMHS swim team to get into shape leading up to her final season with the Wildcats. Her parents supported this decision, and Izzy is extremely grateful for the support and encouragement her parents have given her throughout many years of playing basketball.

As the Wildcats look to end the regular season undefeated and leading the Cascade Conference, Izzy hopes to return to districts and state. “My favorite AMHS basketball memory is going to state and districts last year,” Izzy added.

Catch Izzy Lucas and the Wildcat basketball team in one of their final regular season home games by checking the AMHS or Cascade Conference websites for the schedule.

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Quad Night

The gymnasium at Archbishop Murphy High School is packed. Parents, students, rival fans, and middle school students crowd the stands, waiting for the first of several events on the agenda to begin. Wildcat cheerleaders pass out pom poms as the girls basketball team warms up on the court. The band plays enthusiastically, welcoming each new person that walks in. Energy spills out of every body in the room.

It’s the first home quad night for the Wildcat basketball program. JV girls, JV boys, varsity girls, varsity boys. The Wildcats are taking on the Kings Knights, school rivals within the Cascade Conference, which will be disbanding at the end of this academic year. AMHS is also hosting one of their Middle School Murphy Nights, when middle school students in the area are invited to attend the game and a dance afterwards for free.

The girls are up first for the night. They currently lead the conference undefeated and are expected to make a strong post-season run. When they tip off at 6:30, Maddie Hill (sr), Julia Lucas (so), Megan Dorney (sr), Emily Rodabaugh (jr), and Olivia Riojas (sr) take the court. They play a phenomenal game, and finish the night with a victory over Kings 51-24.

Even more students arrive for the boys game. Members of the DECA club run back and forth between their store and the gym, restocking items as they sell out of refreshments. Cheerleaders hand out the rest of the pom poms to new fans, and alumni greet friends they haven’t seen since leaving for school.

The boys, who defeated Granite Falls earlier in the week, take the court around 8, led by Trey Miller (sr), Jaxon Miller (so), Sage Oliveria (so), Rweha Munyagi (sr), and Dillon Singh-Halpin (jr). Despite a strong effort, the Wildcats fall 59-42 to the Knights.

The next home quad night will take place on Friday, January 19th versus the South Whidbey Falcons, with the girls varsity team starting at 6:30.