When Sienna Riggle showed up for her first day of high school basketball four years ago, she was a long way from the player she would eventually become.
There were countless hours of hard work that refined the Stansbury High center into an All-Region performer by the end of her senior year. But it has all paid off, as Riggle signed a national Letter-of-Intent last month to play at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, for the next two seasons.
“In April, I flew out to Oregon and did a campus visit and stayed out there for a few days, and I really liked it,” Riggle said. “As soon as I went to Oregon, I knew that’s where I wanted to go.”
Riggle’s high-school coach, Kenzie Newton, marveled at just how far she has come since she came into the Stansbury program as a freshman.
“She was very, very raw coming in as a freshman as far as the basic fundamentals,” Newton said. “Her hard work and commitment has really gotten her to where she can play at the next level. It’s fun to see that actually pay off for kids.”
Riggle played in 40 varsity games during her first three seasons at Stansbury, averaging just 3.4 points per game over that span. But she became a dominant force in her final season, ranking second on the Stallions with 10.1 points per game. She also averaged 7.0 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.3 blocks per contest, in addition to serving as one of Stansbury’s three captains along with fellow senior Victoria Fidler and junior Mia Thurber.
“It definitely clicked for Sienna this year,” Newton said. “She’s a perfect example of ‘give it a shot and work hard,’ and really, you can get as far as you want to go.”
Riggle said her time at Stansbury, as well as the chance to play club basketball with the Utah Flash, helped her immensely. She also hopes that by going on to play college basketball, she can serve as an inspiration to younger players coming up through the Stallions’ program in the years to come.
“I grew 100 percent as a player,” Riggle said. “As a freshman, I was so scared of everyone and so scared of basketball. Throughout the years, so much confidence built and as a player, I just got so much better. Last summer, between my junior and senior year, I probably played basketball every day — not even exaggerating — and it helped so much.”
Riggle plans to attend Umpqua for the next two years before moving on to a four-year school as she pursues a career in the medical field.