NEW ULM, Minn. (KEYC) — The Minnesota Valley Lutheran girls’ basketball squad is 10-3 with six regular-season games remaining.
The consensus amongst the group is to win out.
“We’ve got a good group of juniors and seniors this year, and with all the COVID-19 stuff like that, it was kind of a question as to whether or not we’d be able to play and when we were given the green light to go ahead and play and the girls really have been responding well and enjoying the season,” Head Coach Rollin Timm said.
A big part of the Chargers’ success this year is leading scorer Abbie Riederer.
“She has been an excellent player since freshman year. She came out here and did a great job. She puts forth a great work ethic and does a great job in the team,” Timm said. “We ask her to do anything on the basketball court, she does a great job and she works her hardest and it’s just a reflection of who she is. "
The junior shooting guard achieved the 1,000 career point milestone on Feb. 2 against Springfield.
“They look forward to getting her the ball. She can shoot from the outside, she can also drive the ball to the basket. She is very aggressive on defense. Her defense has improved tremendously this year. Definitely, one of the girls that the rest of the team looks up to and follows for example,” Timm added.
Riederer stepped into an important role as soon as her freshman season started.
“I like to play a fast game. If I bring the ball up, I try to give the ball to whoever is playing really well and making their shots and just seeing the floor is probably the biggest thing for me,” Riederer said.
Her teammates agree with Timm about the impact she has — both on and off the court, which led to Riederer being named team captain.
“Freshman year playing, being like a little ‘freshie’ on the court, a little intimidating, but I just worked hard every day, as much as I could. Sophomore year, still just wanted to help out the team,” Riederer recalled. “Then, junior year I started to become a little more of a leader and it’s fun. Every step of the way is really fun.”