Top Performer: Jacobie Knight

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Red Cloud girls basketball team made a strong showing this year at the Lakota Nation Invitational.

As a matter of fact, the Crusaders made it all the way to the finals before losing to Crow Creek.

A large part of the Crusaders success so far this season is due to the play of the team’s only senior.

When Jacobie Knight transferred from Gordon-Rushville to Red Cloud High School before the start of her junior year, it was quite an adjustment.

“It’s been kind of hard but throughout the school year, I got use to it a lot more,” Jacobie Knight said. “Just making the drive everyday is becoming a lot easier. I basically knew everybody at the school already. I just didn’t go there.”

Not only did Knight have to adjust to a new school, but she had to a adjust to a new system on the basketball court.

But now that Knight has a year under her belt at Red Cloud, she has embraced her role as the only senior on the girls basketball team and has become a true leader both on and off the court.

“I have to make sure everybody is at practice on time,” Knight said. “I have to make sure everybody is doing their job rebounding. Talking on D. (defense) — it’s a lot of pressure.”

Red Cloud girls basketball coach Matt Rama says Knight has set the tone this season with her energy and effort.

The senior recently played in her final Lakota Nation Invitational basketball tournament in Rapid City and finished with 17 points and 24 rebounds in four games.

“Sometimes you can teach kids and we can get kids to work hard. But Jacobie has a feel for the ball,” said coach Matt Rama. “She has a feel to get steals. She has a feel like this girl can’t beat me so I can take it up or I should pass it. She’s a really good rebounder for how small she is. When she gets done with a game, she’ll have eight, nine, ten rebounds. And you’re like how did the smallest girl that was out there, get all of these rebounds? But it’s just because she has such a good instinct and a drive for the ball.”

Along with the hopes of leading the Crusaders back to the state tournament this season, Knight would also like to continue her basketball career at the next level.

“If I don’t get accepted to play anywhere, then I want to continue in the sports medicine or in the physical therapy part of the game.”

Congratulations to Jacobie Knight for being named a NewsCenter 1 Top Performer.

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