Athlete of the week: Taylor Molstad

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RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) Taylor Molstad says, 'I loved playing in my hometown the past four years. There is nothing like having the hometown crowd behind you and your family in the stands every weekend.'

Taylor Molstad was a standout for the Stevens Raiders, now she leads the way for the Lady Hardrockers.

Ryan Larsen says, ' Its great, it helps our crowds. Taylor's parents never miss a game her aunt and uncle don't miss a game. Anytime you get a local product the caliber of Taylor we need to get that done need to get them at the School of Mines and put them in a Hardrocker uniform.

Molstad says, ' You know it really helps me out they are always there, telling me I played a good game or tomorrow will be better. They are always there for moral support and it's just nice to look over to the stands and see them sitting there.'

Molstad can score from anywhere on the floor and that's what first stood out to Mines coach Ryan Larsen when he recruited the 5'10" guard.

Larsen says, ' At first you see the atheism and how she scores the basketball. Her high school coaches at the time did a really good job of skill instructing and making her fundamentally sound.'

It's not just the offensive side of the game where Molstad makes an impact.

Larsen says, ' She's been our best defensive player for three years for sure if not four. She's been guarding the opponents best offensive player. She's really invaluable on both ends of the floor. She's a complete player.

As the only senior for the Rockers Molstad has taken on a leadership role to her team on and off the court.

Molstad says, ' Be the leader of the team, and really take the younger girls under my wing and get them to the best of their abilities.'

Being a local product Molstad is also able to help her teammates who relocated to the Black Hills feel a little more at home.

Larsen says, ' For four years now the Molstad's have been having some kind of Christmas meal for the team, and that's probably as good as they will eat all year long and they put on a really big spread for them. It's a nice warm house, a home away from home. Can' thank the Molstad's enough for that, Its a leadership part, open up her house and bring them in for a good homecooked meal.'

Now as Senior, Molstad has accomplished a goal she set out a long time ago as being named the RMAC offensive player of the week.

Molstad says, 'It was such an honor, I couldn't have done it without my teammates and coaches around me. It was something I've dreamed of doing for a long time and I was happy to achieve it.'

After Molstad leaves Mines, what she shows every day on the hardwood, will benefit Lady Rockers basketball in the long run.

Larsen says,'Probably the greatest thing I can say about Taylor is the way she practices. She never takes a play off, hopefully, that rubs off on the rest of the kids where we can point back and say, hey remember why Taylor Molstad was so great, here's why.'

congratulations to Taylor Molstad on being this week's athlete of the week. Jeff Voss, Black Hills Fox News.