Bluffton is coming off back-to-back Sectional titles for the first time in school history and will return its two top scorers in search of a third and the program’s just fourth overall. The second leading scorer from that team is senior Olivia King.
King averaged 8.7 points, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game last year breaking out with her gutty performances and emotional efforts. It is easy to see in King’s eyes that she wants to get better and she wants to win in the worst way and having a girl like that makes a run towards a title that much easier to work with. She shot 33 percent from the field but a team best 32 percent from three point range (of those with more than two attempts); she hit a team high 29 shots from deep.
King’s motor is her biggest asset and that isn’t to diminish her basketball skills. She is certainly capable of creating open space to find her shot as well as anyone in the ACAC, be it with one of those threes or in the midrange. King will need to up that content this season as well as rebound more often, but her motor leads one to believe that neither of those should be a problem.
“Olivia has worked hard in the off-season to improve her game. She will be counted on to help lead the Lady Tigers both on and off the court,” says Bluffton coach Karl Grau. “She will help a lot of new faces on the varsity to be at their best by the end of the season.”