HELENA — Helena Capital High girls basketball player Emily Kidder realized a long-time dream after she signed to play basketball with Montana Tech on Wednesday afternoon at Capital High's gymnasium.
Kidder, who signed in front of friends and family, said she always had an aspiration to play college hoops since she was in junior high.
"Ever since I was a little girl, it has been a dream of mine to play some college sport," Kidder said. "We went to an open gym, and sat there, and talked a little bit, and talked about my future, and honestly it looked super exciting in my mind, and ever since I was a little girl I wanted to play college sports, and this was my dream come true."
Kidder had several college options, and whittled them down to one after she attended a Montana Tech camp.
"I had a few options (to go play basketball) but, overall, I just loved Tech," Kidder said.
Kidder began realizing the possibility existed when she started developing her skill sets as a basketball player around her junior year, she said.
Bruins coach Katie Garcin-Forba said Kidder developed into a collegiate level athlete during the last couple of seasons.
"She developed multiple aspects of her game over the past four years," Garcin-Forba said. "She led us in 3-point percentage this season, can play point guard and can attack the rim, and play in the post."
The versatility Garcin-Forba mentioned was another reason that allowed Kidder to have collegiate opportunities.
"Her ability to do all of those things makes her a hard guard to defend," Garcin-Forba said. "Her versatility and her ability to defend in multiple positions is a coaches' dream, especially at the college level."
Garcin-Forba also credits Kidder's work ethic and desire.
"She is one of the most dedicated players we have," Garcin-Forba said. "She set the expectations for others around her with her work ethic, and she has continued to improve every season, and put in tireless effort to get where she is now. She is a player who still has a ton of upside, and will be successful at the next level."