Sophomore Current opens season strong
By Jim Dabbelt
Coming off of a freshman year that saw her become the top guard in the Mad River Division of the Central Buckeye Conference, Benjamin Logan sophomore Nikki Current is no longer a secret to her opponents. The high-scoring guard led the Raiders to their best season in many years, along with a league championship. Now for the talented Current, the question is…what can she do next?
It didn’t take long for her opponents to find out, as the sophomore exploded for a 36-point performance on opening night of the season Friday night. The Raiders defeated North Union in their opener 61-53 one year after the Raiders lost to North Union in their opener. One night later, Ben Logan earned revenge again as they defeated a very talented West Liberty Salem team 49-46. Again last year, Ben Logan lost to West Liberty Salem.
Current led in scoring again with 24 points against West Liberty Salem, and in both games, her complete game shined. In the two games, Current added nine rebounds, nine assists, 12 steals and seven turnovers.
“Last year, I think was sort of a transition year for both me and the team,” Current said, who scored in double figures every game as a freshman. “As a team, when we started winning, we started believing that we could possibly have a chance at the CBC Mad River title. The confidence and excitement from winning the Mad River division with a 15-8 overall record seemed to carry over into the start of this season.”
“The drive to win is so much stronger,” she added. “We take on every team with the hunger of a repeat championship. Coach Sosby always tells us we have to step it up and work harder this year because each team is going to try and stop us from winning it again. I would definitely say that we are more focused and ready to play this year.”
Often times, a player that has a big freshman season will hit a wall as they head into their sophomore year, as opponents figure out their style and they are no longer a secret. Current has prepared for that as she used the off season to prepare for just that situation. She played AAU with We Got Next, and she used the intensity to help her get to the next level.
“They will not only push you to the next level, but help you reach your full potential,” Current said. “The team was full of talent and intensity. The level of energy was incredible, just getting the opportunity to play with them made me better.”
“I took the second part of AAU off to work on my own individual skills and improve on the things I knew I needed to get better at,” Current added. “In the fall, I played in a co-ed league run by Tray Huntsman. This league not only improved my skills, but getting the chance to play against guys made me work harder because they are so much faster and more physical. Also, Troy Rader has helped me a lot. He not only gives me new ideas but he’s just an all-around great coach.”
While she wants to play beyond high school, Current is looking to use this time to get better, and lead her team deep into the post-season.
“My goal right now is to play college basketball,” Current said. “My career path is still up in the air. At this point, I’m just taking it one step at a time. I’m focused on basketball, school, and family and continuing to get better at basketball and hopefully that will lead to a scholarship.”
First thing is first… defending the CBC championship and working herself into one of the top players in her class.
“I’m looking forward to a great season at Ben Logan this year because I know everyone on my team is going to do their best to win the CBC Mad River division again this year,” the super sophomore said. “My expectations for myself are to always give 100% no matter what the score is and to never give up. I’m determined to do everything I can to help the team. I want to keep working hard, improve on my skills.”