GV’s Rigsby tops 1,000-point milestone
With just over five minutes left in the third quarter during Tuesday’s first round district tournament matchup with Basalt inside “The Nest” at Grand Valley High School, Cardinal senior guard Kylyn Rigsby grabbed a loose ball and went coast-to-coast for a layup against the visiting Longhorns, stretching the lead for the Cardinals on their home floor.
On paper, the layup seems minuscule in the heat of the game, but for Rigsby, the two points pushed her into elite company as she reached the 1,000-point mark for her illustrious career in Grand Valley.
She became just the third girls basketball player in school history to reach the prestigious mark, adding yet another accolade to the Colorado Mesa University signee’s impressive career as one of the best guards in all of 3A in the state of Colorado.
“I had a pretty good crowd tonight cheering me on, so I knew where I stood all night long,” Rigsby said. “The student section was counting my points all night until I reached it.
“It was a coast-to-coast bucket. I grabbed the rebound and pushed the ball up the floor and saw there was just one girl back and I had a two-on-one with (sophomore) Shaya Chenoweth. I kept thinking I could go to Shaya, but right when I went to pass to her the defender snuck over to her side, so I just took it myself. I wasn’t really concerned about it to be honest, but my teammates showed me a lot of love; it was pretty cool to get it.”
Rigsby, who averaged 18.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 4.1 steals per game during the 2016-17 regular season for the 3A Western Slope League champion Cardinals, came into Tuesday’s game just 14 points away from the 1,000-point mark.
Against the Longhorns, Rigsby would finish with 20 points, giving her 1,006 for her career while putting her in great position to go for the all-time scoring record for girls at Grand Valley.
Following the game, Rigsby took photos with family, friends and supporters who wanted to celebrate the career achievement, making for a fun night for the standout senior guard.
“It was great to see a crowd like that and see all of the support I received,” Rigsby said. “I wasn’t really thinking about the mark coming into the game until a classmate of mine, Kade Hurst, mentioned that I could hit 1,000 points that night.
“The team mom made signs and my friends were so excited for me. It meant a lot to me because I’ve spent three years on the court and I just wanted the fans to be proud of me, so that was cool to be able to do that at home and do that for the home fans. It was a special experience.”
Rigsby and the Cardinals will return to action Friday night in the semifinals of the 3A WSL district tournament against the Olathe Pirates at Grand Junction Central High School with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.
During the 2016-17 season, Grand Valley swept the Pirates in two meetings with Rigsby combining for 42 points in the wins.
Should the Cardinals top the Pirates once again, they’ll take on the winner of Cedaredge-Moffat County in the district tournament championship game, looking to sweep the league’s season awards.
Sitting at 14-6 (9-0 3A WSL) on the season, Rigsby still has a shot to put up some big numbers in the 3A state playoffs next week.
Grand Valley is No. 12 in the 3A RPI rankings, setting them up for a possible home playoff game.
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