Olivia Kieffer becomes first RC Christian athlete to make Division I commitment

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Olivia Kieffer has been a staple for the Rapid City Christian girls basketball program for the last four years.

This week, she was rewarded for her efforts.

Kieffer signed a letter of intent on Tuesday to play women’s basketball next year at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

She’s the first student-athlete from Rapid City Christian to sign with a Division I program.

Kieffer has been playing on the varsity level since she was an eighth grader and has averaged more than 20 points per game throughout her high school career.

Last year as a junior, she averaged 20.6 points, eight rebounds, three steals and three assists per game.

Kieffer is expected to surpass 2,000 points this year in her high school career.

The senior enters this season with 1,822 points.

Kieffer said she looked at other Division I schools, but South Dakota was always at the top of her list.

“Part of the reason I chose them is because they are in South Dakota and I’m super excited to get to represent South Dakota in college also,” said Olivia Kieffer. “They’re relatively close to home which is really big for me just because I’m really close to my family. So I’m looking forward to seeing them sometimes. Also just really love the program they have built and the culture they have, along with their coaching staff.”

“Like I mentioned earlier, I’m not a big believer in talent,” said Joe Kieffer, who is the Rapid City Christian girls basketball coach and Olivia’s dad. “But Olivia’s really paid the price of putting in the hard work. She’s just one of those kids you don’t have to motivate. She’s a self motivating kid. It’s just a great opportunity and her mother and I couldn’t be more proud.”


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