Girls HS Basketball: Century’s Lilly Keplin juggles full plate

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The life of a high school athlete is a busy one, but Century’s Lilly Keplin might be one of the busiest. 

She doesn’t really have an offseason. 

“I work after school so I’m there from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.,” Keplin said. “I still have homework to do, so instead of going to the gym at night, I go in the morning before school. Then I get ready at the gym. I come to school, do all my stuff, go to work, go home, do homework. Hopefully I’m in bed by at least 11 o’clock.”

And that’s when it’s not basketball season. When basketball season comes around, her week is just as busy, and her work schedule at Sickie’s moves to weekends.

“Right away it was kind of overwhelming and hectic, but I started figuring things out,” Keplin said. “My parents have been there for me, helping me along the way. My dad was the one who told me to get a job. He’s like, ‘This is going to help you in the future when you’re in college and going to need some extra money in your pocket.”

It’s allowed her to become more self-sufficient.

“I pay for my own phone, so a lot of it goes to that,” Keplin said. “If anything goes wrong with my car, I pay for it. My parents put a lot of responsibility on that stuff, but they’re just preparing me for the future, when I’m on my own.”

Keplin’s had this busy lifestyle for two years, and she juggled it all on her way to earning a full scholarship with UND. It wasn’t easy, but she says it was all worth it.

“I definitely feel a lot more mature than my peers,” Keplin said. “A lot of them don’t work, and you know, that’s up to them. That’s their decision to make. I definitely have a lot on my plate, but it’s pretty cool knowing I can balance all that out.”

Keplin opened her 2018 season with a team-high 20 points against Fargo Davies. On Tuesday, she scored a team-high 18 in a win against Dickinson.

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