COLUMBIA— If you watched the Hickman girls basketball team for the first time on Thursday night, you probably wouldn’t notice they were missing their starting point guard and center.
Point guard Jade Holly missed her fifth straight game with a concussion. Center Ellie Johnson dressed to play but was kept on the bench as she continues to nurse an ankle injury she suffered on Tuesday against Jefferson City.
All five Kewpies starters scored in double figures in Hickman’s 65-43 home victory over Helias (13-5).
“The great thing about our offensive putout this game is that it was everybody,” Hickman coach Tonya Mirts said. “All five of them were lighting the bucket up.”
Helias jumped out to an early 8-5 lead. Mirts adjusted her defense to play a 1-3-1 zone that stifled the Crusaders and Hickman finished the quarter on an 18-1 run.
Forward Mikayla Logan replaced Johnson in the starting lineup. The sophomore found out that she was starting a day before the game and scored 11 points.
“Usually when I start on the bench I try to stay in the flow with what my teammates are doing,” Logan said. “When I’m starting, I have to set the flow and make sure I’m on the same page as everyone else.”
Logan is still healing from a stress fracture in her foot that she injured a month ago. That didn’t slow her down from making an impact rebounding.
“She is difficult to keep off the glass because she is lightning quick,” Mirts said.
Forward Cherish Walton led the Kewpies with 14 points. With Johnson out, the senior looked to adjust to the absence and score more inside.
“I tend to be more of a perimeter player but with Ellie out I knew I was going to get big,” Walton said. “I tried to get more rebounds and do more in the paint.”
Emily Miller scored 13 points and Jordan Matthews added 11. Guard Kendahl Adams scored 12 points despite playing most of the game in foul trouble.
“I was nervous coming in with two starters out but it was great to see that all of us can step up,” Adams said. “We had five of us that can score and it was great to see us all play together.”
Hickman (19-3) has until next Wednesday to get healthy before their next game against Southern Boone in Ashland. Mirts is optimistic about Holly and Johnson returning next week.