TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The Canyon Ridge Riverhawks are off to a tough start. They’re 2-10 on the season and win-less in great basin conference play.
But one young lady is the reason the Riverhawks pose even the slightest fighting chance, and she's our featured athlete of the week, Caitlin Crist.
This past weekend in the Girls’ Basketball Holiday Tournament hosted at Canyon Ridge and Twin Falls High Schools, Caitlin Crist scored 57 points, 29 on Friday and 28 on Saturday.
This past weekend wasn't a fluke she consistently has put up double digits this season.
"Well I think it's even more impressive when you consider that she's got the target on her back for our team. That everybody knows that if Canyon Ridge is going to score any points, Caitlin Crist has got to do some major work. And she's still able to get it done game in and game out so that's even more impressive about what she's doing," said Canyon Ridge girls’ basketball coach Kevin Cato.
Her pre-game mental preparation includes visualizing opportunities and a positive outcome.
"I try to run through my opportunities in the game in my mind. Seeing what I should be taking what things I should maybe not be taking,” said Caitlin Crist.
The senior who is a three varsity sport athlete realizes there's a target on her back but steps up to the challenge to be the best player she can.
"She generates a bunch of turnovers for us in that category and deflections. And her aggressiveness, her ability to take the ball to the hole and take it aggressively and then to be able to finish at the end of it in traffic while she's being pushed around. I think that's where she shines," said Cato.
Her favorite memory over the past four seasons is when the Riverhawks silence the doubters.
"We're like the under dogs and then we go into games and just dominate. As Canyon Ridge we aren't really known for women's basketball really. Just in the four years there's been a couple times where we've really surprised people and those are the most fun games to play in. Just to see peoples jaws drop," Crist said.
The numbers on the stat sheet represent the hard work and dedication she has for her sport.
"It makes me feel very honored and it makes me want to work really hard because I do like it...it's just nice to be recognized," Crist said.
Moving forward Caitlin hopes the team chemistry continues to build on the court. But in life she's committed to Walla Walla University to play soccer and softball.