Girls win eight of nine

By Gray Hughes

grabbing a board — Emily Siemonsma grabs a rebound during Hill City’s Black Hills Conference matchup in Custer last Thursday evening. Siemonsma and the Rangers defeated the Wildcats 55-38. [PN Photo/JASON FERGUSON]

The Hill City Rangers girls basketball has had a solid season so far.

Their record stands at 11-4, and the Rangers won eight of their last nine games and sit in third place in Region 8.

A key aspect of the team has been their hard work, said Wade Ginsbach, head coach.

“The harder you work, the harder it is to give up,” he said. “So now we have some sweat equity into it.”

They cannot be satisfied with what they have done so far, he added.

After a recent win where they won by 15 Spearfish, Ginsbach said the team wasn’t happy because it didn’t play its best. That feeds into the overall mood of the team, he said: they won’t be satisfied with wins where it don’t play its best.

Ginsbach’s tone has resonated with his players.

Abby Siemonsma, a ninth grade guard, and Emily Siemonsma, an eleventh grade forward, both said the team is off to a good start, but they are still hungry.

“Our team has a lot of people who are contributing,” Emily Siemonsma said.

The team has five seniors that set the example for the younger players, Abby Siemonsma said.

They follow in their footsteps and want to live up to the example they set, she added.

Their goal for the season is to get through regionals and make it to the state tournament, they both said.

“I think beating Red Cloud was a highlight of this season,” Abby Siemonsma said. “We hadn’t beaten them in a long time, so that was a big win.”