SHERIDAN — The athlete who has yet to lose any games in which she has played over the last two years will test her luck for the Sheridan College women’s basketball team.
Tongue River’s star athlete Sarah Rawlings signed her National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to join the Lady Generals in the fall.
“I am pretty excited,” Rawlings said. “It will be fun playing for the Generals because all of my local fans will get to come watch and I’ve been watching the Generals play for a while. It will be my turn now.”
The 5-foot-5 point guard led Tongue River to the 2A state championship title the last two seasons. The Lady Eagles held a 54-2 record over both seasons. The two losses came in games in which Rawlings was not able to play. Rawlings made All-Conference and All-State in her sophomore, junior and senior years. Rawlings averaged 13 points, four rebounds and 4.4 assists in her senior season while being named 2A East Co-Player of the Year. Rawlings’ sophomore and freshman year her team took third at state.
“Sarah is a sound player mentally and has a feel for the game,” Sheridan Lady Generals basketball coach Frank McCarthy said. “She not only has quickness but she has a great feel for the game which you can’t teach someone.”
“It’s always cool when one of your players gets to go on and play at another level,” Tongue River girls basketball coach Dianne Moser said. “Sarah has been a key part to our program in the last four years. She has been someone who has been fun to watch; she has drawn a lot of fans because of her style of play. She doesn’t quit, she competes and she is competitive.”
Not only does Rawlings excel on the court, she also excels in the classroom. Rawlings is ranked fourth in her class and scored a 29 on her ACT.
“I think it’s a very exciting time for Sarah,” Rawlings’ mother, Steffie Rawlings, said. “She will continue to play ball and get an education, which is great.”
The last player from Tongue River to play for Sheridan College was Fallon Lewis. Lewis had a solid career at Sheridan College from 2010-2012, leading the team with an average of 17 points and nine rebounds per game. She was also a team captain and an All-American. After two seasons with Sheridan College, Lewis continued her career at the University of Wyoming, starting every game her senior year, averaging 14 points and a team-high 10 rebounds per game while earning All-Conference honors.
“Without doubt, Rawlings is one of the quickest and most competitive players we have ever recruited,” McCarthy said. “She has been in a lot of big games, and is used to winning.”
Rawlings joins a Sheridan College team that has won the North Sub-Region 11 of the last 13 years. The Lady Generals finished the 2013-14 season with 19 wins. Rawlings joins Jess Underberg as part of the 2014-15 recruiting class.
Rawlings will have two more games this summer before starting in the fall. Rawlings will play in the Wyoming-Montana All-Star games on June 13-14. The game on June 13 will be hosted at Sheridan College.