Central Christian’s Aly Lambert to play basketball at Sterling College

Sterling College head women’s basketball coach KC Bassett stated three characteristics she looked for in her recruits: a good basketball player, good academics and most importantly a good person.

Central Christian senior Aly Lambert exhibited all those qualities as the multi-sport athlete signed her national letter of intent Thursday to play basketball at Sterling College.

Lambert was an all-Heart of the Plains player this past season with Central Christian as the Lady Cougars finished fourth at the Class 1A Division II state tournament.

“I’m so excited,” Lambert said. “I’m really thankful that I have an opportunity to play in college, and I’m really excited.”

Lambert’s college decision came down to Tabor College and Sterling College. Ultimately, she chose to sign with Sterling College because it was close to her church. Of course, she also liked the basketball program. She said both schools showed interest and attended her games.

It was during her sophomore year of high school when she realized she could play at the next level.

“I played for a long time, since third grade,” Lambert said. “I wasn’t very good. Then high school hit, and we started really working, and I loved doing it because it’s hard work but rewarding.”

Central Christian's Aly Lambert signs her national letter of intent to play basketball at Sterling College Thursday, April 14, 2022 at Central Christian Schools.

DJ Kauffman, the girls head basketball coach at Central Christian who also coached in the mid-Kansas all-star game at the Hutchinson Sports Arena, said he had been hoping Lambert would get to the point of wanting to play college ball. He was happy she did.

“She has the ability,” Kauffman said, “and I think her best years of basketball are actually ahead of her. Coach Bassett said she’s a great teammate. Just a great kid to have on your team, and I think she will do very well.” well there. “

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