Four Decembers ago, a pair of fair-haired freshmen made their debut as the starting frontcourt for the BFA-Fairfax girls basketball team.
Although they were rookies, that duo — Meghan Bochanski and Kayla Baczewski — already had a fan club.
Granted, it was just a party of one — a diminutive seventh grader named Chace Carpenter — who sat in the top row of the bleachers holding a small homemade sign heralding the pair’s arrival: Kayla and Meghan, ‘The Other Ski Team.’
Four seasons later the three girls are still linked together, only now instead of giving Bochanski and Baczewski nicknames, Carpenter gives them assists as the team’s point guard.
“It’s pretty funny that it was Chace who was the one holding up that sign back then,” said Baczewski.
Baczewski and Bochanski didn’t know Carpenter well back then, but the talented trio is tight these days.
And they are the main reason the Bullets are off to a 15-2 start, the first time the team has won 15 games in the regular season since the Bullets won their only girls basketball title way back in 1981.
“We had pretty high expectations headed into the season,” said second-year coach Mike Wells, who also coached Baczewski and Bochanski during their AAU playing days. “I knew back then they both had a great work ethic and they were starving to win.
“And when you add in a solid point guard like Chace, it really gives you a chance to compete,” said Wells.
The Bullets’ talented trio accounts for 34 of the 48 points per game the team has averaged so far this season.
The 5-foot-4 lightning quick Carpenter leads the team with a 12.2 points and 4.1 assists per game. She’s made a total of 25 3-pointers this season.
Baczewski, a 5-8 forward with the ability to score from the outside or her trademark slashes to the basket, averages 12 points and six rebounds per game.
Bochanski, at 5-10, does most of her damage in the paint, averaging 11.1 points, 10.8 rebounds and 5.6 steals per game.
“You have to give those three a lot of credit (for the team’s success),” said Wells. “But it’s a collective effort. We’ve gotten great leadership from our other seniors (Brooke Naylor and Danielle Russin) and we’re blessed to have some great role players.”
With a defense that is allowing just 30.1 points per game and that has held opponents’ scoring in the 20s or lower in 11 games this season, the Bullets seemed poised not only to host their first playoff game in almost a decade, but to also snap an eight-year winless streak in the postseason.
“That’s our goal,” said Baczewski. “We want to win a playoff game. At least one.”
“I think we have a good chance,” said Bochanski. “We know each other better (on the court) this year and we have good chemistry.”
Wells said the team set a goal of winning 15 games this season and now that it has reached that mark, the bar has been set a little higher.
“We’d like to go to Barre,” said Wells.