Another sophomore off the Pratt Community College women’s basketball team has landed at a four-year school to continue playing basketball.


Another sophomore off the Pratt Community College women’s basketball team has landed at a four-year school to continue playing basketball.

Sophomore forward Kinsley Hilst has committed to play just up the road for the Warriors of Sterling College. The Hutchinson native came to PCC after a freshman year at Friends University in Wichita. Friends competes in the same conference as Sterling College.

“We were so blessed to have Kinsley this past year," said head coach Stephanie Shanline. "After earning All-Freshman team honors in the KCAC her freshman year, I was excited to her be able to translate her talent to the junior college level. Her maturity and poise was a huge benefit as this past year we had such a young team coming in. I wish her nothing but the best in the future, and I’m excited we are close enough to catch a game of hers and follow her career.”

During the 2010-2011 season, Hilst averaged a team-high 10.4 points, six rebounds and nearly three assists per game. Before a severe ankle injury hampered her game the last eight games of the season, the 5-foot-10 forward was in the top 10 in the conference in points and rebounds at 14 and seven, respectively.

Hilst’s inside-out game provided a stable offensive contribution for the Beavers as she connected on 38 percent of her field goals. Her quick hands made the difference on the defensive end, as she was second on the team in blocks and third in steals.

Hilst’s highest output came in conference against the Region VI champion Cloud County. Kinsley dropped 21 on the Lady T-birds, going 9 for 14 from the free-throw line. Out of the 25 games played, Hilst scored in double figures in 14 of them, eclipsing the 20-point mark three times.

Sterling College competes in the Kansas Christian Athletic Conference, better known as the KCAC. Hilst will play for the long tenured head coach Lonnie Cruse and is planning to major in Pharmacy.