Lauren Harris of the Hickman girls’ basketball team was incorrectly identified in a photo caption on page 1B Friday.
JEFFERSON CITY – After losing to Hickman, a number of Rock Bridge players exited the locker room with teary red eyes while carrying plates of cake.
Although the Class 5 District 10 semifinal loss at Helias wasn’t cause for celebration, the occasion was, for sophomore Cameo Holly turned 16 on Thursday.
That in itself was cause for celebration. Although Hickman dominated Rock Bridge, the Bruins might have one final advantage: youth.
In the 67-33 loss, Rock Bridge’s underclassmen scored 25. Junior Rachel Jones led the team with 11 points, freshman Ashley Dressler had 10 and sophomores Holly and Amanda Hanson combined for four.
This isn’t lost on coach Bob Plourde.
“The talent is going to be there,” he said. “They have to want it. We’ll provide the tools, they’ll just have to develop it.”
Hanson also pulled down seven rebounds, while Dressler and Jones each had three rebounds. Jones contributed two steals.
Ashley Stanfill also returns next season. She started until tearing the medial collateral ligament in her right knee on Feb. 5 against Marshall.
She said she is confident about her upcoming senior season.
“We’re looking forward to it because we have a chance to be really good next year,” she said.
Senior duo says goodbye
The Bruins will lose senior leaders, Ashley Guy and Melissa White, to graduation. Although Guy played her final game in a Rock Bridge uniform, she said she is excited about the team’s future.
“I wish our team the best of luck next year,” she said. “I’ll definitely be back to watch.”
Jones said the time to get better will be after school ends.
“It goes back way to the summer,” she said. “You’ve got to get out there in the summer and hit the weight room and get better.”
Holly said improvement is simply a matter of effort.
“We’re going to work our butts off,” she said. “We’re going to build our team up and we’ll be a lot better next year.”
Plourde said that although many members of the team will play AAU basketball over the summer, they can’t neglect the basics.
“We need to work on the fundamentals like passing and shooting,” he said.
For the time being though, Holly is going to enjoy herself.
“I really wanted it (the win), but hey, I’m still here and it’s still my birthday and we’re going to have fun this weekend,” she said.
Hickman coach Tonya Mirts added a new accessory to her coaching wardrobe on Thursday.
The item wasn’t your typical fashion bangle though.
It was a red wristband featuring Sesame Street’s Big Bird.
Kewpies senior Rachel Conrad gave the item to Mirts before the game as a good luck charm. Mirts said although Hickman won for other reasons, she would continue to wear it.
“Hey, whatever works,” Mirts said.
Conrad said a friend from Ashland found it at the mall and heard that Missouri player Rickey Paulding also has one.