Stevens girls basketball team has high expectations for new season

RAPID CITY, S.D. – After finishing 20-1 last year, the Rapid City Stevens girls basketball team has high expectations for the upcoming season.

The raiders only lost two seniors, Grace Martin and Kyah Watson.

Watson averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game last year and now plays for the University of South Dakota.

But the Raiders return several key players including Grace Ellis, Ella Peterson and Kenadi Rising.

“We do have experience and we need to use that experience,” Stevens girls basketball coach Michael Brooks said. “That experience is also teaching some of our young kids that we have that are going to make an impact. So its just a cycle. It’s a beautiful cycle that we get to witness. But we do look for our seniors in Grace Ellis and Kenadi and Ella to step up and play major minutes this year and to lead this team in the right direction.”

Former Stevens girls basketball coach Michael Brooks returns to the Raiders after spending one season with the Stevens boys basketball program.

Coach Brooks says the strength of his team this year is its versatility.

“We really truly believe in position-less basketball,” Brooks said. “We don’t have 6’4″. We don’t have 6’5”. We have a lot of young women who can play different positions. So we have to maximize that opportunity and really be creative. That’s the fun part of my job is I get to allow them to be creative and to experience and to use that experiential learning as a teacher to go out and try the things that we’re asking. To put them in position that can help them grow.

The Stevens girls basketball team opens the season Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11-12 with home games against Brandon Valley and Yankton.

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