There’s no shortage of motivation for Sierra senior Aubrey Robinson as she leads the Stallions girls basketball team into the Class 4A round of the 16.
There's an obvious reason: any loss at this point ends a season on a sour note, but Robinson has more to play for. She’s hearing from Division I and II schools but hasn’t settled on one yet.
“I’m trying to really impress the college coaches to show them all levels of my game,” the versatile Stallion wing said. “Hopefully, I’ll get those scholarships rolling in after the season, so I can sit down and see where I want to go.”
For now, however, the focus remains on extending the season. Tuesday, the 20th-seeded Stallions travel to Windsor, the four seed.
Robinson is a big reason Sierra is still alive. She posted a 21-point, 12-rebound double-double in the postseason opener against Conifer. She added eight steals, finishing a couple shy of a triple-double, and added five assists. She followed that up with 26 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and two blocks, as the Stallions knocked off Mead, the 13 seed, 55-41, on Friday to earn Gazette Preps Peak Performer of the Week.
Robinson averages 16.1 points and 6.7 rebounds through 24 games, but her postseason surge came as no surprise to Sierra coach Joseph Williams.
“She’s been itching to get into the playoffs, to make a run,” Williams said.
Robinson spent her first two years at Harrison before switching to Sierra, a decision that cost her 11 games of her junior season. She still managed to surpass 1,000 career points in Sierra’s regular season finale against Mesa Ridge. She’s most dangerous in transition with the Stallions looking to run when the opportunity presents itself.
“There’s not too many girls that can take a rebound and go coast to coast,” Williams said.
“Open court, she’s dangerous.’
Robinson has taken on more rebounding responsibility since Sierra lost Gyani Sami, who was averaging 10.6 boards per game.
“She’s done everything I asked her to do,” Williams said. “I told her when she came, I will push her to make her a better player and a better leader. That’s what she’s become.”
That has gotten the attention of college coaches and Sierra opponents. According to Williams, the mother of Mesa Ridge star Chloe Welch, a Davidson signee, reached out to the Wildcat coaching staff to see if they were interested in taking another guard with Robinson in mind. With family in North Carolina and a good relationship with Welch, that would be a possibility that excites Robinson.
“That would be amazing,” Robinson said.
She’ll be a quality addition wherever she ends up, her coach believes.
“She’s a model student," Williams said. "She’s good in the community, church-going girl. She’s not wasting her time, so to speak. She’s had a plan since she’s came over here. She’s stuck to it.”
The most immediate part of that plan is a third consecutive win and double-double.
“I just want to keep going,” she said. “As a team, these girls deserve it. The coaches deserve it. We’ve been working hard.”
Other Peak Performers
Moz Doria, Liberty
Doria led the Lancers into the Class 5A round of 16 with 20 points, 10 rebounds and a pair of blocks in Saturday’s 57-52 win over Monarch. The 6-foot-3 senior leads the Lancers into Wednesday’ meeting with fifth-seeded George Washington, putting up 17.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and more than a steal and a block per game.
Arianna Blowe, Lewis-Palmer
The senior has led the Rangers, seeded 22nd, to a pair of low-scoring playoff wins. She hit 6 of 10 shots to score a team-high 13 points with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in a first-round win over Skyline. She again led Lewis-Palmer with 13 points in a one-point win over Centaurus, the 11 seed, on Friday.