For Hickman boys basketball, Saturday night's 68-52 win over Waynesville was a tale of two dunks.
In the closing moments of the first quarter, with Hickman clinging to a small lead, sophomore guard Jimmy Whitt collected a pass from Mason Murray, who had come up with a turnover. Whitt knew it was his chance.
"We dunk in practice all the time," Whitt said. "My friend asked me, 'When are you going to dunk in the game?'" I said, 'Whenever I get the opportunity."'
With 1:49 left in the first quarter, Whitt got his opportunity and threw down a one-handed dunk with ease, eliciting a roar from the crowd at Columbia College and sparking his bench. Whitt scored eight first quarter points and led the Kewpies with 19 points.
"Jimmy came out firing," Hickman coach David Johnson said. "We really needed that."
The Kewpies gained momentum from the dunk, taking a 32-18 lead into halftime. But Waynesville hung around in the second half, holding off Hickman's aggressive on the ball defense.
In the fourth quarter, Hickman was up by 13 points when it got its second big dunk of the night. Murray, who plays quarterback for the Hickman football team, threw a strike to junior guard Chris Clark, who needed just a few effortless strides to sky into the air and rattle the rim, putting an exclamation point on the win.
"That was a dagger," Whitt said.
The Kewpies cruised the rest of the way to finish off the 16-point victory. The win pushed Hickman to 4-0 on the season, as the team capped off a stretch of four games in six days.
Hickman gets a two-day break before heading to Blue Springs to take on Truman in the first of three games the team will play at the McDonald's Tournament.