Joplin, Mo. - Missouri Southern women's basketball interim head coach Ronda Hubbard has announced the signing of Kayla Kivinski for the 2014-15 season.
Kayla is a three-year letterwinner in basketball at Gulf High School in Port Richey, Florida playing for coaches Mike Quarto and Clare Ennis. Playing shooting guard for the Buccaneers, Kivinski earned first-team All-North Suncoast honors and 5A Florida Prospectus All Florida Team honors as a junior last year. In addition, she was named the Sunshine Athletic Conference Player of the Year and earned FABC 5A All-State honors while averaging 19.6 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 4.1 spg, 2.1 bpg and 2.3 apg. As a sophomore, she earned FABC 5A All-State and FACA 5A All-State honors, while being named the Tampa Bay Times All-North Suncoast Player of the Year. In addition, she earned Tampa Tribune first-team All-County, Tampa Bay Times first-team All-Suncoast and first-team all-conference honors while averaging 18.2 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 3.8 spg, 1.9 apg, and 1.9 bpg.
Setting the school record for points in a game with 49, she joined the 1,000 point club last year while leading Gulf HS to its third straight district championship. The Bucs also won the conference championship her first two years. In addition to her outstanding play on the court, Kayla also lettered a year in volleyball for coach Belinda Delaney at left outside hitter. The daughter of Bernd Kivinski and Monica Jukas, Kayla is undecided on her major at Southern.
Coach Hubbard loves the versatility Kayla will bring to the Lions, "Kayla really knows how to score and is a great rebounder. She really loves to play the game and her passion really shines on the court. While her strengths are really as a driver/slasher, she can shoot the three and post up. I look for Kayla to immediately add a scoring punch to our team, not to mention her nose for the ball as a rebounder."