BOULDER – When Izzy Munson arrived at Fairview girls basketball tryouts as a raw but promising freshman, she set her mind to never being outworked.
That hasn’t changed.
What has changed in Munson’s four years at FHS is that her hardworking mindset has helped her develop into one of Colorado’s top players. For nearly all of her senior season, she paced the entire state in scoring average and at its end Munson led a team that won seven games in 2018-19 back to the Sweet 16 round of the Class 5A state tournament.
From hardworking freshman to star scoring senior, Munson is the 2019-20 BoCoPreps.com girls basketball player of the year.
“I felt so strong this season,” Munson said. “It was the first time I came in with so much experience behind me, both with this team and with basketball. It was so satisfying to see my hard work pay off in so many ways and for us to get to the Sweet 16 was amazing.”
Munson averaged 14.6 points per game as a junior but it became apparent early on that this winter, Munson would be taking her game to another level. In back-to-back December games, the 5-foot-9 guard scored 34 and 30 points, respectively, against Far Northeast and Smoky Hill while shooting a combined 69 percent (27-for-39) in the two games. That hot start sparked Munson on a 26-game run that saw her average 20.7 points per game, which ended up being the seventh-highest scoring average in all of Colorado.
That’s not all.
Munson’s 1,250 career points made her the fifth Fairview girls basketball player since 2000 to pass the 1,000-point mark for her career. The 538 points she scored as a senior broke the program’s single-season scoring record, which was previously set at 507 by Amber Metoyer during the 2000-01 season. Munson also averaged 5.5 rebounds, 3.4 steals and led the Knights with 73 assists in 26 games.
But what mattered most to Munson was that her team played its way back into the Sweet 16 — where they ended her sophomore campaign in 2017-18 — and did so in the return on head coach Rod Beauchamp, who spent last season away from the team.
“I honestly could not be more proud of our team, especially in comparison to last year,” Munson said. “We were all excited about coach Beauchamp being back and in the preseason we really decided that we wanted to shoot for the Sweet 16 and for us seniors to end on a high note. We got to where we wanted to be and obviously it would have been great to go farther, but it was great to have such a turnaround season.”
She had interest and offers from higher collegiate levels, but Munson found her place and committed to playing Division-III basketball next year at Emory University in Atlanta. Reaching the heights she has and achieving her goal of playing at the next level comes as no surprise to Beauchamp, who knew when he coached her as a freshman and sophomore that Munson would not let anything stand in her way.
“When Izzy came in as a freshman, she kind of stuck out with her relentless effort and hustle,” Beauchamp said. “She was raw offensively, but she wasn’t going to be outworked by anyone. She’s put in a lot of work on her game over the years but she’s never stopped being that worker, that grinder.
“Izzy really is a special player.”