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MERIDIAN—When the Owyhee girls basketball team gathered for an open gym the first time in June 2021, there weren’t enough players to field a full team.

Meeting at Star Middle School—as Owyhee High was still being completed for a fall opening—just four players showed up for the first official team gathering. Three of them were incoming freshmen.

John Wustrow is the assistant sports editor of the Idaho Press. He is a Michigan native and a graduate of Indiana University.

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