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Get To Know: Basketball's #15 Payton Riggins

Payton Riggins is in her second season in the NDP basketball program. She moved to Arizona from Texas before the start of high school. She has two older sisters. She was named after NFL player Peyton Manning.

How is your second season going with basketball?
“It is going pretty good. Freshman year was rocky making new friends but everything has been smooth sailing from here. The basketball team has progressed so much from last year. We are more of a community, a family. The encouragement from everyone has really helped my high school year.”

What do see as your role on the team?
“I see myself as a team player. Whether you are playing or on the bench, you win or lose as a team. Everyone contributes differently as long as you stick together there are so many roles to be filled.”

What is your basketball story?
“I started playing basketball when I was five. I grew up playing basketball and soccer. When high school came and I had to choose, I clearly chose basketball. It is a passion of mine and I want to continue it in college and see where it takes me.”

Why do wear No. 15?
“It was my grandpa’s (Gary Riggins) favorite number and he recently passed. It is a little memory of him as I go through high school.”

How fun has the season been so far and what is the feeling on the team as you prep for the final week of the season?
“This season has been my favorite season so far. I absolutely love everyone on the team. With fun comes hard work. Work hard play hard. We have been putting in a lot of work for playoffs and cleaning up our half-court offense. I am really excited, and I think we have a good chance to do pretty good.”

What do you do away from basketball?
“I am a sophomore house captain, an Ambassador and a Shadow host. I love to be very involved. I am co-leader of the Build It club about women empowerment, getting out the female voices around campus.”

What is the latest project for the Build It club?
“We did cards of encouragement for all the essential workers. We put it on a big mural at the Mayo Clinic and Honor Health to give encouragement to all our Covid workers.”

How many times has named been misspelled Peyton?
“A lot. I was named after Peyton Manning but my mom spelled it P-A-Y. My dad loves him. It was either that or Shelby after a car. My mom did not want me named after a car.”

If you could live in a book, TV show or movie, where would you live: Friends.
What is your greatest achievement: Moving schools freshman year from Texas.
If you could have one superpower: To Fly.
If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future: Past.
What teacher has inspired you the most: Mrs. Beers.
What is your favorite holiday: Christmas.
Favorite Dinner: Thanksgiving dinner.
Hero: My Dad.

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