CHEYENNE — You can’t blame Christie Schiel for smiling a lot last week. Accomplish half the stuff she did and you’d be smiling too.
On Wednesday (Feb.1), Schiel signed a letter of intent to be a cross-country and track athlete for NCAA Division I Montana State University. A few days later, Schiel was on the basketball court helping drive the the Cheyenne Central girls basketball team to a 55-32 win over Cheyenne South.
In that game, she scored a game-high 18 points while adding nine rebounds. Her motivations are simple — because she has the opportunity to.
“I think part of it is just being my senior year and going out every game knowing that I’m not going to get these moments back so there’s no reason not to leave it on the court,” Schiel said. “It’s important that we got the win (Saturday). Hopefully it can give us some momentum. We need a couple wins in the conference and hopefully this will lead us right on in to that.”
The week was a capper to what can only be described as a turnaround for the Central senior. Just a few weeks back, Schiel was riding the Lady Indians’ bench with a stress fracture in her heel.
She was also unsure which schools were still interested in her for college. Montana State stuck with her and gave her the best opportunity to keep her career going.
Even though she has signed, Schiel still has something to prove, especially on the basketball court.
Central coach Ed Kisicki knows just how important Schiel is to his gameplan. Last week might have been good. But with the positive upturn, who knows how much better it can get.
“Missing those 10 games just drove her nuts. She was at practice and she could be our best ball-handler because that’s all she did was work on ball handling drills,” Kisicki joked. “But she’s like coming out of a cage. She’s so determined. She’s our emotional leader and she just wants this so bad. It’s great having her on our side I’ll tell you that.”