ASHLAND — The Hickman girls basketball team got a boost to its lineup in Wednesday night’s 57-26 win over Southern Boone in Ashland.
Starting point guard Jade Holly played for the first time after suffering a concussion Jan. 23 against Rock Bridge. Holly said she is symptom-free but now needs to regain her form and conditioning.
“I felt really good and back to normal,” Holly said. “I still need to get up and down a little more, and I’ll be good to go.”
Holly admits she is still trying to get back in the flow of things on offense, however it was the other things she did that helped the Kewpies.
“Defensively she brought lateral quickness, made great decisions on the floor and got her hands on a lot of passes,” Hickman coach Tonya Mirts said.
Holly’s decision making was on display in the first half. Every time she got the ball, she was able to quickly find an open teammate.
Halfway through the second quarter, Holly rebounded a Southern Boone shot and threw a 50-foot chest pass that hit Mikayla Logan in stride for an easy layup.
“Jade is capable of grabbing the ball without a dribble and sending it right away because of her strength,” Mirts said.
The Kewpies used Holly’s defensive ability with a full-court press that led to Eagles turnovers and easy baskets for Hickman (20-3).
During Holly’s five-game absence, she said she noticed how well the Kewpies could play, especially in transition.
“They have played great team basketball,” Holly said. “I enjoyed watching them and was proud of them.”
Holly’s return comes at a perfect time for the Kewpies. She was able to get back into game action before Friday night’s important home game against St. Joseph’s Academy from St. Louis.