If Shannon Riggs doesn’t play another basketball game, it won’t disappoint her. She finally enjoyed a moment of stardom last weekend at the State A-1 Tournament.
Now the Lake City post player can walk away from the game having accomplished everything she desired.
She scored 10 points and provided key leadership as Lake City scored a 44-32 victory over Pocatello in the state championship game.
“Shannon had a great weekend; she’s the unsung hero, she doesn’t get the (recognition),” Lake City coach Dave Fealko said.
Riggs has toiled for two years in the big shadows cast by all-state seniors Melissa Dodge and Jennifer Kerns. But she’s gone about her job quietly, never complaining about a lack of attention.
So, as teammates, friends and family were exchanging hugs following the state title game, Riggs learned she’d been selected by KVNI radio broadcaster Jeff McLean as the player of the game.
She was elated, to be sure, but she also couldn’t contain the tears. The hard work, she realized, had paid off.
“I really wanted to end on a good note because I might not play in college,” said Riggs, who was still riding high early this week.
“I’ve never had the spotlight. I’m kind of enjoying it,” she said, smiling.
Riggs had the steadiest, if not most efficient, tournament of all the Timberwolves. She averaged nine points and five rebounds. She also had five steals, three assists and no turnovers.
“Every time I shot the ball, I knew it was my turn. I knew it was going to go in,” she said. “I didn’t want to make any errors at state. I’m glad I could pull it off.”
Basketball isn’t her life, though. Riggs, who carries a 3.8 grade-point average, hopes to attend the University of Idaho and study architecture.
But she knows she’ll carry the memories of playing on two state championship teams with her as she takes on the real world.
“If I have a regret it’s that the whole season, personally, wasn’t like my state tournament. But it’s good to know I contributed (at state). That means a lot.”