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Sasha Rudd (right) defends Ainsley Mallet of VC. Rudd is from Kaplan and attends LCA in Lafayette.

Kaplan native finds new family, friends at LCA

Rudd enjoying her new basketball team

LAFAYETTE - Sasha Rudd, as a freshman at Kaplan High, was looking for a new place to attend high school and improve her basketball skills.
She thought about Vermilion Catholic High School but came to the conclusion it was not a good fit.
Then she looked north at Lafayette Christian Academy, on the northside of Lafayette, near I-10.
She toured the campus and fell in love with the faculty and students. She found her new home.
Today, two years later, Rudd is a starter on one of the best basketball teams in Acadiana and in Class A.
“I love it here,” said Rudd after LCA beat VC 56-39 in a District 7A game. Rudd scored four points in the victory. “I did not expect to grow as much as I have, and I did not expect to fit in so quickly.”
She said enjoys the faculty who have made her feel like part of the LCA family. “It is a whole different environment. We are one big family. I did not expect to like it as much as I do.”
Rudd not only had to adapt to being around new people at a new school, she also had to figure out if she was good enough to play with a group of talented girls. All it took was her sophomore season to figure out she was good enough.
“At first I was intimidated (around her teammates) because I did not know if I was as good as them,” she said. “Then we began practicing, and I realized I can play with them.”
While Rudd is not the leading scorer on the team, she knows what her role is, she said. She is not shy to say she is a “team player” and will do what it takes to win a game.
“My goal is to help the team win in order to get that (state championship) ring,” she said. “Right now we are still working hard.”

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