While an uncertain high school basketball season lies ahead, reigning 4A state player of the year Mia Hughes continues to look toward the future.
Hughes signed her letter of intent to play D1 basketball at Montana State University on Nov. 11 after verbally committing on July 20. The senior at Woodinville High School hopes her team gets another chance at the state championship after last year’s second-place finish.
“I just hope we get the chance to prove ourselves,” she said. “I think we do deserve to be in that top spot.”
After last season’s 28-1 record and the loss of only one senior, Hughes said her team has potential to be really successful. The team would look similar to last year, she added, with the addition of a couple new freshmen.
“I’m a glass-half-full kind of person, so I hope we have a season, but at the same time, I really can’t see it happening if we’re not even allowed to walk on campus or go to school,” Hughes said.
The 2020-21 high school basketball season in Washington state is scheduled to start on Feb. 1. The season will also be shortened to seven weeks in length, according to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.
“It definitely hurts with how we left last season,” Hughes said, referring to this year’s already-delayed season.
Hughes said she has already accepted that the season may not happen. The senior forward is looking ahead to her time in Bozeman and the opportunity to earn “some championship rings” in the Big Sky Conference, she added.
While MSU was her first offer, Hughes said she fell in love with the school from the get-go. She noted that the choice was especially difficult with COVID-19 in the mix. A lot of athletes were “rush committing” due to the uncertainty of upcoming high school and club basketball seasons, she added.
“I love the players and the town,” Hughes said. “And the coaches are great on the court and better people off the court. They're all really nice and welcoming.”
With dreams to eventually become a law enforcement officer, Hughes sees more than just basketball in her future. As a current member of King County’s Explorer Program, she said building relationships with officers in Woodinville inspires her to “be that person that helps people in her community.”
Hughes also plans to study business marketing in college.