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Athlete of the Week – Riley Queensland, Grand Meadow Girls Basketball

GRAND MEADOW, Minn. (KTTC) – Not one team in the entire state of Minnesota has a better record right now than the Grand Meadow Girls basketball team. The Superlarks have soared to a 16-0 start to the season, and are ranked fourth in the Class A rankings. Right in the thick of things is junior guard Riley Queensland.

“We’ve really been focusing on team basketball and making the extra pass for a teammate,” said Queensland. “Sometimes giving up a good shot for a better one.”

Queensland is having an unreal season this year for Grand Meadow, leading the team in scoring at 18 points per game on an absurd 57% shooting from the field. Head Coach Ryan Queensland, her father, knows how hard Riley has worked to get to this point.

“She understands that to be successful when the lights are on, you have to work when the lights are off,” he said. “She’s done a nice job of that.”

Last week against Mabel-Canton, Queensland scored her 1,000th career point. But Queensland isn’t concerned with personal success, she wants to lead Grand Meadow to it’s first ever appearance in the State Basketball tournament.

“I definitely think of going to state and think about how amazing that would be,” she said. “That really motivates me to work harder.”

Last year, the Superlarks fell one game short of state, losing to eventual state champion Lyle/Pacelli. That loss left Queensland and her teammates more motivated than ever before.

“I really wanted us to work harder in the offseason and to build off of last year.”

And she has her team off to a good start… the best start in the entire state. Riley Queensland of the Grand Meadow Girls Basketball team is this week’s KTTC NewsCenter Sports Athlete of the Week.

Mark Poulose

Mark Poulose is a Sports Reporter/Anchor at KTTC.

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