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Scotland senior chosen to represent SD, US this summer

SCOTLAND -- Not many high school or college athletes get the chance to play overseas, yet one Scotland senior will be able to share the experience. Sam Geiman, a 5-foot-6 forward for the Highlander girls' basketball team, was chosen by Down Under...

SCOTLAND -- Not many high school or college athletes get the chance to play overseas, yet one Scotland senior will be able to share the experience.

Sam Geiman, a 5-foot-6 forward for the Highlander girls' basketball team, was chosen by Down Under Sports to represent South Dakota and the nation as a member of the North Central Girls' Basketball Team.

"I just got a letter that said I was invited to play (Australia)," she said. "I actually knew I wanted to do this right away."

The team will play against other girls' teams from Australia and New Zealand in an 11-day trip, extending July 15-23. There are 36 girls from the United States and eight to nine girls are mixed with other players from Australia and New Zealand to form a number of teams. Each team is scheduled to play a minimum of 10 games during the trip.Geiman, who has never left the country, said she's excited but nervous to be on her own, adding she hasn't met any of the other U.S. basketball players.

"(The organization) gave us these special shirts we have to wear when we travel, so we'll be able to find the other players in the airport," Geiman said. "We'll get to know each other a little bit on the way over there."

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The expense of the trip is $5,500 and Geiman hopes to fundraise as much money as she can. She has a fundraiser scheduled for Sunday at the Scotland City Hall. A bake sale, pasta buffet and raffles will be a part of the fundraiser, which is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., to help pay for the trip.

Scotland girls' basketball coach Kevin Janish said the experience will help improve Geiman's game.

"She's going to be playing with players with different skill sets and that will prepare her to play at the next level," he said. "She's going to need to adjust to that."

Geiman, who will join the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team this fall, said the different level of play will help her make the transition from Class B ball to the NAIA level.

"I wasn't the star for my team, so this will be good experience in learning new things," said Geiman, who was coming back from a medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury this season. "I've been in the gym and plan to keep doing workouts until the trip.

"It's going to be a fun experience and something different."

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