Rutledge: Looking To Lead Mann To 3Peat

One of the state's top girls basketball teams, J.L. Mann High School, is lead by point guard Kiki Rutledge. Rutledge has enjoyed back to back AAA state titles with her team and has already made a commitment to continue her career in college. Inside learn more about one of the state's top high school ballers, Kiki Rutledge.

Last season was a great one for J.L. Mann point guard Kiki Rutledge. You see Rutledge and the Patriots won their second consecutive AAA state championship. The game was very special to Rutledge as they knocked on North Charleston for many reasons. "My best game ever was against North Charleston last year. It was memorable to me because I made the winning free throws to end the game. I had 15 points that game and was the MVP of the state championship game."

It's always been tough to repeat and Rutledge talked about the journey last year. "It felt really good, because my teammates and I worked really hard to get to that point. We put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears in practice so it really paid off." She averaged 14.6 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals per game.

Earlier this season decided it was time to make a commitment and she picked Charleston Southern University. "Being committed already just takes one of my burdens off my back. I can just play my game without trying to impress a scout. I can just go play ball." Prior to her decision Rutledge was hearing from James Madison, Jacksonville, and Furman.

"I decided on Charleston Southern because when I went on a visit there I liked the atmosphere a lot. The coaches were very nice and I got along with the team really well. I just liked everything about it."

Rutledge continues to work hard on her hoops game and she broke it all down for us. "I'm very quick, my passing is really good, I'm very aware, I'm a good leader, and dribbling is like second nature to me." She realizes there are still facets of her game that will continue to need work. "I've been working hard on improving my shooting. It has gotten a lot better because I've been working so hard on it."

Already in to her senior season Rutledge has a few goals that she shared with us for this year. "This season I really want my team to win at the Christmas tournament in Myrtle Beach. Win the Peach Blossom Conference Title, and get the number one seed for playoffs, and win the state championship again." As for the threepeat she also had this to say about her team's chances, "We have a really good chance this year, we just have to get a little better team chemistry and we will be fine."



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