Former KoMet Kristin Scott ready for renewed rivalry with Ayoka Lee
A college basketball game between Iowa State (ISU) and Kansas State (KSU) usually isn’t a big deal in southeastern Minnesota, but it is this year because former KoMet Kristin Scott plays for the Cyclones and former Byron Bear Ayoka Lee plays for the Wildcats.
Since Lee is a redshirt freshman, this week is their first time playing each other since high school.
When they played each other in high school, Kristin Scott said, “It was always a big thing for us to face each other. It’s a huge rivalry.”
While she has some experience playing Lee, she knows, “We’ve both changed dramatically since high school so I’ll have to read up on the scouting report and pay attention to detail.”
The scouting report and attention to detail will be important this week as she said KSU has been a good three-point shooting team each of the three years she’s been at Iowa State.
“Being disciplined on defense will be very important,” she said.
While her ISU team works on its defense, Scott has also been working on adding to her offensive skillset.
“I’ve worked on being more comfortable off the block, shooting more threes, and coming off the dribble more,” she said.
She noted that she’s also grown her confidence and leadership skills during her three years at Iowa State.
“I’m looking for more ways to score and putting teammates in better position to score,” she said.
Scott explained that younger basketball players should also keep adding skills to their arsenal.
“Work at what you’re not good at. Get comfortable being uncomfortable because you never know what position you might be put in in the future,” she said.
She may have a chance to deliver that advice in person as she’s heard the K-M and Byron girls’ teams are coming down for the game.
On top of the watching alumni from each school compete against each other; Scott said that the high school students should see a good game because, “Kansas State is always a tough team so it should be a fun game.”