Commitments continue rolling in for the Crowder Lady ‘Riders basketball team as coach Tina Robbins secured two more players last week that are expected to help the Lady ‘Riders build on the success that saw them finish 29-6.
With a majority of the team that won District K and Region 16 championships last season moving on, Robbins and her staff are using that success to their advantage as they hooked a pair of talented players from Texas and Nevada last week.
The first of the two to join the Lady ‘Riders is Ariana Gallegos. Standing in at 6’1 the Kyle, Tex., native is taller than any player on Crowder’s roster last season. A force in the paint as a shot blocker, Robbins said that while Gallegos can certainly score in the paint, she’s not pigeonholed to that style of play.
“She has the ability to score inside, but can also step out and shoot it,” Robbins said. “She’s got good size and she’s very athletic. She can do it for us on both ends of the floor. She’s quite a shot blocker.”
Playing for coach Jamie Coy at Lehman High School, Gallegos, a first-team all-district selection, led her team to an 18-17 record this season while averaging 13 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and 3.5 blocks per game.
Also signing a letter of intent last week was Tae’lor Monroe, a 5’6 point guard from Las Vegas, Nev. Under coach Richard Santigate, Monroe helped lead Liberty High School to a 27-7 record and was named Sunrise Division Honorable Mention.
She averaged 5.8 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2 steals per game. Robbins said her unselfish style of play will fit in with the team oriented approach the Lady ‘Riders adhere to.
“She’s a true point guard,” Robbins said of Monroe. “She didn’t score a lot for her high school team, but that wasn’t really her role. I think she’ll fit nicely into our system. She’s an unselfish point guard that likes to distribute the ball.”