Helmick first saw the wily first grader competing with third graders and that “never back down” attitude continued into high school as the 5-foot-8 forward averaged 17.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.1 steals per game her senior season.
“She wouldn’t take anything from anybody,” said Helmick, Cascade’s winningest girls’ basketball coach in school history. “It didn’t matter if that girl was four inches taller than her, she was still going to shoot it. If she blocks it, guess what? We’re going to do it again. So you knew from the start that she was going to be something special.”
The internal drive and competitive streak from an early age made Brandyce the versatile athlete she is today.
“She spent a ton of time on her own working and in the later years has been blessed being around really good coaches to help develop her and her work ethic has made it something where she’s had a lot success,” Bryan said.
Brandyce did not play volleyball until middle school but quickly picked up the sport and had a successful high school career. The Cadets won a sectional title her junior year and she had a team-high 239 kills and second-best 244 digs her senior season.
But because the sport was sandwiched between travel softball and high school basketball, Brandyce feels her abilities fall a little short compared to the other two.
“Volleyball is definitely my weakest sport because I didn’t put as much time into it as I did the other two,” she said.
Brandyce will trade her Cadet Columbia Blue softball uniform for Butler Blue next season as she will continue playing her favorite sport at the Division I level.
As gifted as she was in volleyball and basketball, Brandyce knew as a 12-year-old that she wanted to play softball in college.