GICC places girls basketball on leave despite undefeated season

The Crusaders are ranked No. 1 in Class C1 and currently lead the wildcard standings.
Stacia Rice
Courtesy: NTV

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KLKN) — Grand Island Central Catholic has let go of its girls basketball coach, Stacia Rice, in the midst of a 14-0 start to the season. The Crusaders are ranked No. 1 in Class C1 and currently lead the wildcard standings.

Rice defended herself on social media on Tuesday, saying her daughter, Riley, would not finish her career at GICC. Rylie , who is averaging 18.9 points per game, is hopeful to join the roster at Northwest, according to Rice’s tweet.

“I just want to wish GICC the best luck in the future,” Rice said to Channel 8’s sister station NTV when we reached her for comment. “I loved those girls and coaching them. It’s sad to see it come to an end especially that my daughter may not get to play the rest of her junior season. She works really hard at this and it’s unfortunate that all this has to happen.”

In a statement, the GICC administration said, “Grand Island Central Catholic placed Stacia Rice on paid leave for the remainder of the girls’ basketball season. GICC appreciates the work that coach Rice has done with our team, but feels the need to make a change based on our program’s goals and values. Assistant coach Makenzie Dunham and interim coach Kevin Mayfield will assume primary responsibility for coaching the remainder of the team’s practices and games. We are proud of our girls’ resilience through this time of change and are excited to see that resiliency and strength on display throughout the remainder of the season.”

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