Hickman girls basketball wins big without point guard

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 | 10:19 p.m. CST; updated 11:13 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Holt forward Lauren Jurotich, left, competes for the ball against Hickman forward Ellie Johnson on Tuesday evening at Hickman High School. Hickman beat Holt 59-15.

COLUMBIA — When senior Jade Holly is out of the lineup, the Hickman girls basketball team faces a challenge to fill the void.

The Kewpies played unselfishly on offense and had a strong second half in a 59-15 home victory over Wentzville Holt on Tuesday night.

Holly, Hickman's most athletic player and best decision maker, missed her second consecutive game after suffering a concussion Jan. 23 in a loss to Rock Bridge.

“We simply don’t turn the ball over when Jade is in the game,” Hickman coach Tonya Mirts said.

Senior Kendahl Adams and sophomore Emily Miller led the way with 19 points apiece. They displayed great chemistry and were selfless early in the contest.

“We always look for each other and make the smart pass,” Miller said.

The Kewpies took a 26-9 halftime lead and the best was yet to come in the second half.

“In the first half we were really trying to find our rhythm,” Mirts said. “In the second half, we played the game we needed to play.”

Guard Jordan Matthews got the starting nod with Holly out and made the most of her opportunity. The junior did a good job finding open teammates on several passes that led to easy layups, and she caused chaos defending the perimeter. Matthews dished out eight assists and recorded five steals.

“She is an extremely unselfish player,” Mirts said. “She as excited about assists as she is about scoring.”

With the end of the regular season quickly approaching, the Kewpies are looking to get better and take care of the ball without Holly.

“We can’t worry about being without her,” Miller said. “We have to worry about what we are doing right at the moment.”

The Kewpies improved to 16-3 this season. They travel to Kansas City for their next game against Lincoln College Prep at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

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