THREE FORKS – As the saying goes, “Nothing is perfect.” It rings true for almost everything, unless you’re a member of the Three Forks girls basketball team.
The Wolves have yet to lose a game, sitting at an impressive 20-0 and having just swept their way through the District 5B tournament, defeating Townsend 65-43 in the championship on Saturay. In his career, Three Forks head coach Mike Sauvageau has never taken a team this far without losing, either as a player or a coach.
The last time he was undefeated in districts was in 1998 when he coached the boys team to a 20-0 record. The Wolves lost in the District 4B title game to Columbus that year. However, these Wolves aren’t paying much attention to records.
“We don’t really think about it. We try to just keep that away and keep it going and not get beat,” said senior Morgan Allen.
One more win and Three Forks will have the best start in Sauvageau’s coaching history at 21-0. This is a once-in-a-generation team that Sauvageau has only been around one other time in the last 40 years.
“I have a team of a bunch of (4.0 grade-point average) students. They’re a lot smarter than me,” Sauvageau said. “They come to battle every night and as you saw (Saturday) when the ball is falling from deep for us, we can be pretty tough”
(Editor’s note: An original sentence in this story read, “One more win and Three Forks will have the best start in school history at 21-0.” That has been edited to read “… best start in Sauvageau’s coaching history …” The Three Forks girls basketball team compiled a 50-game winning streak over three seasons and won state championships in 1978 and 1979.)