COLUMBIA — Emily Miller has been a scoring machine for the Hickman girls basketball team in the past four games.
The sophomore scored 13 of her 15 points in the first half Tuesday in the Kewpies’ 69-29 victory over visiting Jefferson City.
“Jefferson City is always a huge rival for us, so we just wanted to come out and start well,” Miller said. “I thought our transition was very good tonight.”
Miller scored just seconds into the game when she caught the opening tip and took the ball to the basket. Miller temporarily lost control of the ball but regained control for a layup.
“The focus was to come out in this game with energy because we haven’t the last couple games,” Miller said.
Later in the first quarter, Miller missed a shot but showed the instinct of a scorer and fought for her own rebound to make another layup.
“I just try to relax and get in a flow and rhythm and keep going,” Miller said. “I like to get out there and work hard.”
Miller's movement off the ball allowed teammates to find her for open shots against the Jays’ zone defense.
Hickman was without point guard Jade Holly, who sat out with a concussion for the fourth consecutive game.
Since Holly has been out of the lineup, Miller has scored in double figures for the Kewpies, starting with a 28-point performance Jan. 26 against Glendale. She scored 19 on Jan. 29 against Holt and 15 on Saturday against Lincoln Prep.
“She is capable of scoring a lot of points every game.” Hickman coach Tonya Mirts said. “She really steps up a level when Jade is not in the lineup.”
Mirts agreed with Miller that Hickman started well against Jefferson City.
“I really thought they started out fast and furious,” Mirts said. “We transitioned the ball well, and everyone got in the flow early. We are guard laden, so when we get a rebound we are off to the races.”
Jordan Matthews scored a personal best and led all scorers with 18 points for the Kewpies.
Center Elie Johnson hurt her ankle in the second quarter. She was able to walk off the court with help, but her status is unknown for the Kewpies next game, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday against Helias.