For at least one game, Lee’s Summit’s Danielle Adams was the Moses Malone of girls’ high school basketball.
“I was pretty impressed with what I did today,” Adams said after her team’s 60-47 win against host Hickman on Saturday.
Adams, a sophomore forward, had 21 points and 18 rebounds while impacting nearly every possession with her size and versatility.
With Adams on the bench to begin the fourth quarter, the Kewpies (11-14) scored five straight points to come within 47-36, the closest they had been since early in the second quarter.
Lee’s Summit (19-3) coach Brian Bubalo responded to the Hickman run by reinserting Adams, who promptly made a jump shot from just inside the 3-point line and had two assists during an 8-2 Lee’s Summit run that solidified the win.
“Danielle had a fantastic game,” Bubalo said. “She was a big difference throughout.”
After trailing 34-15 at halftime, senior guard Megan McCabe’s aggressive play led a Hickman comeback.
McCabe relentlessly attacked the basket, creating scoring opportunities for herself and her teammates.
“She sets a tempo for us,” Hickman coach Tonya Mirts said. “(Her teammates) kind of watch her and follow her. I think that’s a key for us.”
McCabe finished with 17 points, 10 of which came from the foul line.
Throughout, Hickman struggled with a considerable size disadvantage in the post.
In addition to Adams, an imposing 5 feet 11 inches tall, Lee’s Summit used senior Ashley Patterson, 6-3, to dominate inside.
“They have two post players that are huge,” Mirts said. “As big as they are and as good as they are, that’s a concern for any coach.”
Patterson finished with 13 points.
During the third quarter, Adams amazed spectators with athleticism typically unassociated with players of her size.
After collecting a defensive rebound, Adams used several dribble moves to shed three defenders before reaching half court.Adams then neglected open teammates on each wing, choosing instead to split both remaining defenders and successfully execute an acrobatic layup.
“There is no doubt that she’s a phenomenal player, to top it off she’s just a sophomore,” Mirts said. “She’s going to be dynamite. It’s great to see a Missouri kid excel like that.”
The road ahead for Hickman includes a first round game against Camdenton in district play. Mirts said she felt good about the team heading into the postseason.
“We play all this tough competition to be ready to be our best (in the postseason),” Mirts said. “I think we’re playing the best teams in Missouri and they’re going to expose our weaknesses. And hopefully we have an opportunity to work on them.”