(Cover photo: Micaiah Bowden, left, and Allison Just)
Spalding University Athletics
Micaiah Bowden and Allison Just, three-year starting forwards and the only seniors on Louisville Butler High School’s 2014 and 2016 KHSAA State Championship teams, have made their decision to attend Spalding University and become part of the Golden Eagle program. Butler has won 109 games during their four-year career at the school. Bowden and Just join guards Erin Dolan and Megan Goeing (North Bullitt HS) and forward Jenna Thornhill (Breckinridge County HS/St. Catharine College) in the 2016 class.
Bowden, a 5-11 power forward, averaged 6.3 points per game as a senior on a very balanced scoring team. She connected on 43% of her field goal attempts, hit 30% from three point range and shot 83% from the free throw line. In the summer prior to her senior year, Micaiah participated in the Junior All-Star game. This past season, she was selected to the Louisville Invitational Tournament (LIT) All-Tournament team, the 6th Region All-Tournament team and the KHSAA State Tournament All-Tournament team.
Just, a 5-9 guard/forward, is the daughter of Butler head coach Larry Just. She scored at a 5.6 point clip this past year while hitting on 38% of her field goal attempts. She connected on 24 three pointers on 30% shooting from beyond the arc, and shot 67% from the foul line. As a sophomore, Allison was named to the South Oldham Holiday Tournament All-Tournament Team. As a junior, she was selected to the 6th Region All-Tournament team, and this past year was chosen to the 22nd District Tournament All-Tournament team.
Bowden and Just have not only excelled on the basketball court, but in the classroom as well. Both have accumulated 4.0 grade point averages at Butler and are members of the National Honor Society and Beta Club. They have also both been actively involved in the school’s chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Bowden helped on the Title IX Committee at Butler.
Spalding coach Charlie Just, who is Allison’s uncle, is delighted with the addition of both players to the program. “Obviously, I have watched Allison and Micaiah for a long time and could not be happier with their commitments to Spalding,” he commented. “They are not only excellent basketball players who will help us on the court, but outstanding students and young ladies who will represent Spalding and our basketball program in a positive fashion off of the floor. Micaiah has the size to cause problems for smaller players around the basket, but also has the mobility to move out on the floor and effectively shoot the ball well from both the three point line and the mid-range area. She also protects the basket well defensively and is a good shot-blocker. Allison is a very sound perimeter player who can hit the three or put the ball on the floor and score off of the dribble. She plays with great energy at both ends of the floor, rebounds well and is a good defender. She also does a good job of drawing fouls and getting to the free throw line. Maybe the most important thing that both players bring to our program is the culture of success that they learned at Butler. When you win two state championships in three years, you certainly understand how hard you have to work and the sacrifices that need to be made in order to accomplish something special.”
Micaiah is the daughter of Linda and Rick Bowden. Allison is the daughter of Denise and Larry Just.