Rapid City Central girls basketball team has high hopes for this season
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Central girls basketbal team is gearing up for its season opener on Friday, Dec. 10 on the road in Aberdeen.
The Cobblers are determined to build on last year’s success after qualifying for the state tournament for the first time in three years.
Rapid City Central went 11-12 last season and finished eighth in the state tournament.
The Cobblers lost three starters to graduation including their leading scorer Jordon Heckert who averaged 17 points per game.
But Central returns several key players including Sadie Glade who averaged 11 points per contest and Josie Hill.
The six-foot-two forward provided an inside threat for the Cobblers last year averaging eight points and a team-high six rebounds per game.
“I think that’s the one nice thing about this basketball team this year is we’re going to have a ton of balance,” said Central head coach Allan Bertram. “We’ve got four or five girls that can really score the basketball. Who can shoot it well. I think we’re going to be a much better basketball team in regards to shooting ability from the perimeter than what we were a year ago. The kids seem to play very very well together. The last two summers, we’ve been able to get a lot of stuff in and this summer, we were able to play a lot of basketball together.”
Other players expected to contribute are seniors Denna Smith and Amarae Rinto, along with sophomore Aaliyah Jones and junior Wicahpi Cuny who transferred in this season.
Central girls basketball coach Allan Bertram says the team needs to focus more on crashing the boards in order to be successful this season.
“Rebounding last year for us was something we were not very good at and something we’ve put a lot of commitment to,” said Bertram. “Not only this summer when we played, but obviously in our first week and a half of practice. So we’re going to have to a lot better rebounding basketball team than we what we were a year ago. Then we’re going to have develop a little bit of depth. Right now, we feel strongly about seven or eight kids that we’ve got. It’s nice to have that ninth or tenth girl you can rely on. So as the season progresses, we really hope we get some kids who step up and are more prepared by the end of the year to help us.”
Rapid City Central opens the girls basketball season this weekend with a pair of games on the road.
The Cobblers will visit Aberdeen Central on Friday, Dec. 10 followed by Pierre on Saturday.
Central’s home opener is Dec. 21 against Douglas.