BOZEMAN, Mont. — You can’t talk about Bozeman High girls’ basketball without mentioning Tailyn Black.
“She has been phenomenal as well as an extension of the coaching staff on the court,” said Bozeman High girls’ basketball head coach Kati Mobley. “She really brought into what we are trying to do and to see her play at the state tournament on another level is something I really looked forward to as a coach.”
In her final season with Bozeman high girls’ basketball, Black showed just how dynamic she could be with the ball in her hands.
Now, she’ll carry her talent with her to the next level.
When asking her what it was like putting the pen to paper she replied
“It feels really good,” Black said. “I am super excited to get to Rocky next year to start the next four years of my life.”
Putting the pen to paper solidifying her commitment at Rocky Mountain College is a great feeling for the young athlete, but what is she looking forward to the most?
“I would definitely say the new environment, but the team especially,” Black said. “I met the girls when I went on a visit there and they are all super nice and great girls so I am really excited to get to know them. I also am looking forward to playing for head coach (Wes) Keller as well as coach (Marc) Ellis. They are great guys, and I can’t wait to see how they can push me.”
Black believes playing for Bozeman High prepared here for the next step in her career.
“The team and coaches prepared me a lot here at Bozeman High,” Black said. “They got me in the gym when I needed it and I’ll miss playing here.”
No matter what her team’s record was, Black always believed in herself and teammates and is looking to carry this same mentality with her to Billings.
“Definitely,” Black said. “I think belief carries you a long way and it would be really special to bring this program together next season and even more so over my next 4 years there.”
In her senior season, Black averaged over 11-points a game and was a player the team could always trust on the court, but former teammates will miss more than her talent.
“She has such a good attitude and is so supportive,” Black’s former teammate Tyra Opperman said. “She is a great point guard and I’m so proud of her. She’ll do so well at Rocky Mountain College.”
In her time at Bozeman High, Black only saw a winning regular season once, but never let that stop her from believing in her team.
Now, she is leaving Bozeman High girls’ basketball in a better place than the way she found it and will look to do the same at Rocky Mountain College.