She stood, maybe, 5-foot-3 on her tiptoes, but on a basketball court this fiery redhead was a giant.
The spunky guard was a package of dynamite who exploded on the area hardwood scene in the early 1980s.
As a junior, Bruce was an easy selection for one of the five spots on The Standard-Times’ Large School All-Star team. Her all-around game was sound and, in many instances, sensational. The Spartans’ co-captain averaged 11.9 points, 5.7 assists, 4.1 steals, 3.0 rebounds and, arguably, was the best ball-handler in the area.
Despite facing defenses designed to keep her away from the ball, Bruce consistently found a way to lead the team’s devastating fast break attack.
She was at her best in pressure situations and was never one to shy away from challenges. She ended her outstanding high school basketball career with a big senior season that helped her earn her a second spot on The Standard-Times Large School All-Star team.
As a senior, Bruce averaged 10.1 points, nearly as many assists and handled the point-guard position as well as anyone before or after her.
Following her final high school game she was invited to try out for a spot on the Massachusetts Junior Olympics team and a month later, after out-performing a host of other high school and college candidates, Bruce was awarded a spot on the roster.
She went on to play college basketball at Bentley where, in her sophomore year, she averaged six points, shot 80 percent from the foul line and ranked second on the team in both assists and steals.
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