Poppert joins St. Paul girls basketball 1,000-point club

Published: Dec. 20, 2021 at 10:55 PM CST
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ST. PAUL, Neb. (KSNB) - St. Paul girls basketball has produced 1,000-point scorers before, but on Saturday they added another.

And this one completed a sibling scoring rivalry.

Wildcats senior forward Olivia Poppert achieved the scoring benchmark on Saturday in the team’s 61-28 win against Arcadia-Loup City. It was a moment that gave her satisfaction after her sister, Brooke Poppert, did it during her career.

“I really haven’t processed it completely yet,” Popper told Local4 on Monday. “My sophomore year my sister got it, so I was kind of going for that. She’s one of my big role models and I still watch film of her a lot. I really miss her, but I look up to her a lot.”

Added St. Paul coach Rick Peters: “Both the Poppert girls have been great for St. Paul High School and both of them have been great leaders and the team seems to follow them, rally around them.”

Peters told Local4 Sports that he is retiring at season’s end. It gives him the opportunity to close a chapter alongside his star player, while also finalizing a saga in St. Paul basketball history.

As for Poppert, no matter what comes next, she is thankful to have been a Lady Cat.

“This community means a lot to me,” Poppert said. “Wildcat Nation is probably one of the best things I’m a part of and a win is a win for them and for us.”

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