Saturday, December 4, 2021
Blooming Prairie point guard Bobbie Bruns gets ready to pass the ball to an open Megan Oswald during the opening minutes of the Awesome Blossoms’ Section 1A semifinal game against Kingsland. Blooming Prairie point guard Bobbie Bruns is a tough player to defend, especially when she gets in the paint, because she can score or pass the ball to an open teammate. She’s the Awesome Blossoms’ second-leading scorer and their leader in assists with an average of about five and a half per game.

Rewriting the record books

Blossoms point guard shatters record, achieves state honor

Before the Blooming Prairie girls basketball season concluded, junior point guard Bobbie Bruns had already achieved a pair of distinguished honors.

She’d broken the girls career assists record and she was one of only 17 girls basketball players from around the state to be named Class A Honorable Mention.

Bobbie said it was exciting to know she’d broken the record and that she was amongst some elite and familiar company.

“It’s a pretty cool record to break, especially because my mom was on the list and Maddi Worke, my old babysitter, was on that list so just knowing I was up there with them and looking up to both of them my whole life so that made it cool,” she said.

While she’s happy to be the record holder, she’s more concerned with her team succeeding.

“It’s a cool record, but there’s other things that I feel like are more important like the team and winning games. I would rather win however many games than beat any record,” she said.

While Bobbie broke the record, she said it wouldn’t have been possible without her teammates.

“The way that some of my teammates can run the floor in the transition has really helped me get some quick, easy assists and the way they finish it has helped a lot. I would give most of the credit to my teammates because without them making the basket obviously it’s not an assist,” she said.

Coach John Bruns, who also happens to be Bobbie’s father, agreed that the career assists record, along with other records, is a byproduct of team success.

“Any of these records we always talk about it’s a product of having a good team around them, whether it’s a scoring record, rebounding, steals or assists. It’s just neat for our whole program to have these records getting broken like that,” he said. “It’s fun to see that the hard work that they’re putting out there in the summers and during the season is paying off.”

In addition to hard work in the offseason, Bobbie, who has been the Blossoms’ main point guard for the past three seasons, said she’s become a better passer over the years through gained confidence and varsity experience against varsity-quality opponents.

John added that she’s become a better point guard and facilitator by becoming stronger.

“She’s always seen the floor really well and I think the last couple years, especially this last year, her strength has come along and that’s been a big difference. We look at some of the pictures when she was playing a lot as an eighth-grader and ninth-grader and she looked like a little kid out there playing with all the big kids. Now, she really is one of the big kids and is able to withstand some of the physicality that comes with the position and still make the right pass and still make the right play,” he said.

Her ability to make the right passes and right plays is also what led her to being named Class A Honorable Mention.

“I wasn’t really expecting that, but it was cool to see my name up there with a list of some good players in the area so that was cool,” Bobbie said.

John explained that all the Class A coaches vote and the top 10 vote-getters are the Class A All-State team and the next 15 to 20 are Honorable Mention.

Just a junior, Bobbie will have one more year to potentially break even more career records and make her way onto the Class A All-State team.

 

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