Dynamic duo reason for high hopes at Salina Central

Published: Nov. 18, 2020 at 6:02 PM CST
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SALINA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The first week of high school winter sports are underway, and after finishing 15-5 last season, Salina Central girls basketball has its sights set on making a run in the postseason.

With two DI commits on the roster, the Mustangs feel confident in the talent returning.

Juniors Aubrie Kierscht and Hampton Williams announced their commitments to Navy and Abeliene Christian respectively on Friday.

“It was a great day for our program when they committed,” Head Coach Chris Fear said. “We knew that was going to happen, but it’s extremely rare.”

Kierscht led her league in scoring as a sophomore, averaging 17 points a game.

“I really loved the coaching staff at Navy and I had a really good relationship with everyone,” Kierscht said. “I really prayed through this process and something told me Navy was the right place for me.”

Her 362 points last season were the third most in a single season history at Salina Central.

“I work extremely hard, but my teammates help me get recognition and that goes to them and my coaches,” she said.

“Aubrie is an explosive scorer and can play from the point guard position and she can play on and off the ball,” Fear said.

Williams averaged 10 points and 6.5 rebounds a game in her sophomore campaign.

“I visited Abilene Christian and I knew it was exactly where I needed to be,” Williams said. “They’re winners so I figured it would be a good fit.”

“Hampton just does a ton of things,” Fear said. “She can play the three, the four and she’s a great passer and great rebounder.”

The two have been teammates since third grade, and they said they helped each other live out their dream of playing the sport they love at the DI level.

“Our chemistry has just been getting better and better as time goes on, we both worked extremely hard for this opportunity,” Kierscht said. “I think we’ve always wanted to leave our mark in this program, being able to do that together is something special.”

The Mustangs will open up their season at home against Campus on Dec. 4.

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