Toledo Senior Chaselin Rice slips through two Naselle defenders during the Ilwaco Holiday Tournament on Dec. 30.
The Rice sisters at Toledo High School have become a fixture on the basketball court for the Lady Indians over the last couple of years, but now, Casee and Chaselin are looking straight into the light at the end of the high school tunnel.
We will feature a story on Casee in a few weeks, but Chaselin has her own independent set of goals for her post high school plans.
"I am moving to Spokane," she said before a boys basketball game on Jan. 6. "I joined an ultrasound tech program at Spokane Community College."
Chaselin says that small school life has been very positive for her.
"I think the most enjoyable part of it is having the same teachers all throughout your education," she explained. "They just follow you and they are really supportive. We are such a small school that they actually care about us."
Sports and work have always been a part of Chaselin's life. She tried her hand at volleyball and didn't care for it. Gave softball a shot, skipped a year to play basketball exclusively but now plans to play again this spring.
"I have played softball for a couple years but I just decided to stick with basketball," she said. "I play year round with the whole team. You never really stop."
It has been a good thing for Chaselin because her numbers have really improved over last season. While sister Casse enjoyed high score honors routinely as a sophomore, Chaselin shared a few nights with her during their junior year. Now the two of them routinely share production honors and in all contests, have each other's backs.
At the Ilwaco Holiday Tournament, Casse led all scorers against Ilwaco while Chaselin lit up the scoreboard the next night when the Lady Fishermen of Ilwaco played focused defense on Casse.
"She had a good game the first night and I had a good game the second night," said Chaselin. "I think they just know that she is the biggest threat on our team. She always has the most points."
There is no jealously from Chaselin, only respect.
"Being able to play with my sister, it would be the same without her," said Chaselin. "I feel like if she didn't play, I wouldn't even be good at all. We make each other good."
Chaselin says that besides her association with Casse, she has other big fans in her family.
"My mom and dad are at every single game," says Chaselin. "They are probably my biggest fans."
She has a warning to all of the underclassmen and perhaps an observation about high school: Enjoy it.
"It goes by fast," she says of the experience.