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.