Layoff brings low-scoring victory for Hickman girls basketball team

Monday, February 7, 2011 | 10:33 p.m. CST; updated 10:27 p.m. CST, Monday, February 28, 2011

COLUMBIA — With classes and practices canceled by the snowstorm, the past week was a slow one for the Hickman girls basketball team, which showed by the time the team finally got on the court Saturday at Lincoln Prep in Kansas City.

Hickman was set to play Holt on Tuesday, the day the snowstorm hit Missouri, but the game was postponed and is now set to be played Feb. 16 at Holt. Another postponed game against Lebanon is tentatively planned to be played Feb. 15.

At Lincoln Prep on Saturday, the Kewpies came away with a 37-29 victory in what Hickman coach Tonya Mirts called a "sluggish affair."

Hickman (14-6) started strong, jumping out to a 17-15 first-quarter lead, but by the start of the fourth quarter claimed only a 23-22 advantage. Both sides scored only four points in the second quarter, and Lincoln Prep outscored Hickman 2-3 in the third.

"There was a lot of sitting on the ball," Mirts said.

Lincoln Prep took a brief lead at the start of the fourth quarter, but Hickman pulled ahead for good with some timely play from Cherish Walton, who scored six second-half points for the Kewpies.

Walton's play drew the Lincoln Prep defense, which opened up Aqua Corpening, who finished with a team-leading 11 points for Hickman. Jade Holly added another 10 points.

Hickman is set to play next at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Jefferson City.     

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