Senior Lauren Nolke and junior Yvonne Anderson, took turns making plays for the Hickman girls basketball team in its game Friday.
Team co-captains, Anderson and Nolke, propelled the Kewpies, ranked second in Class 5 in Missouri, to a 69-45 victory against St. Teresa’s Academy. Nolke scored 14 points, and Anderson contributed 19.
With the spotlight on Anderson this season, Nolke has felt a shift from last season.
“Last season, she used to be in the papers all the time,” said Rob Nolke, of his daughter.
As a freshman in 2004, Nolke played primarily for the junior varsity team but also suited up for the varsity team. Nolke saw limited action at the varsity level because Hickman had eight seniors. Two seasons ago, Nolke made a full-time jump to the varsity and became the team’s captain and leading scorer.
Although Anderson, the daughter of MU basketball coach Mike Anderson, has become Hickman’s main scoring threat, Nolke isn’t complaining.
In fact, Nolke is benefiting from Anderson’s presence on the court.
“She has opened up the floor for me more, taken the pressure off of me,” Nolke said.
On Friday, Anderson was slowed in the first half and Nolke stepped up to sink four three-point shots to give the Kewpies a comfortable lead.
In the second half, the roles reversed. Anderson scored 10 points in the third quarter, while Nolke scored two.
“They aren’t concerned with individual gain,” Hickman coach Tonya Mirts said. “They sacrifice their plays for the good of the team.”
Anderson said she trusts that when she’s not on the floor, Nolke will keep the team’s momentum going, and vice versa.
“We’re interchangeable,” Anderson said.
During the fourth quarter, Mirts substituted two squads of five players each. Anderson guided one squad, and Nolke led the other.
Friday was the second time Hickman has played the Stars (4-5) this season. The Kewpies beat the Stars 65-41 on Dec. 5 at the Blue Springs South Tournament.
The Kewpies’ record is 10-1 and their next game is Jan. 3 when the team hosts Notre Dame de Sion.