Toward the end of the first half of Thursday’s Class 5 District 14 semifinal, Blue Springs sophomore guard Jamesia Price was having some issues.

It had nothing to do with her jump shot and everything to do with her hair.

Toward the end of the first half of Thursday’s Class 5 District 14 semifinal, Blue Springs sophomore guard Jamesia Price was having some issues.
It had nothing to do with her jump shot and everything to do with her hair.
Price’s rubber band that was keeping her hair tied up kept coming loose. In a crucial moment of the game, with the game tied and time running out in the half, her hair nearly all fell out of the rubber band, getting in her face and making it hard for her to run a play, never mind shoot.
So naturally, Price drains possibly the biggest shot of the game with her hair in her face – a 3-pointer at the buzzer that gave Blue Springs a lead it wouldn’t relinquish in a 52-40 win over a scrappy Lee’s Summit team.
The obvious question – could she see the basket when shooting the buzzer beater that touched nothing but net?
“No,” she said, laughing. “My hair was all up in my face. It’s never done that before. I was shocked when it happened.”
After the shot, Price was mobbed by teammates before they went into halftime and made sure her hair didn’t come out again.
“She didn’t know her hair was like that,” senior guard Drew Roberts said. “She thought it was just one strand loose or something.”
With her hair secure for the entire second half, Price took over the game in the fourth quarter, scoring 12 points and hitting 9 of 10 free throws, despite dealing with cramps in her calves, a knee popping and an overprotective sister in senior Jocelyn Price, who came to check on her when she left the game with the knee injury, only to be rebuffed by the younger Price.
How much pain were you in Jamesia?
“A lot,” she said. “It started with my calves cramping, then my knee popped. Then my sister tried to be my sister. It got irritating. I had to yell at her.”
Whatever she did, it worked. Price put the team on her back at just the right time, propelling her team to a win in the biggest game of the year – which each game becomes this time of the season.
“She’s probably one of the most mentally tough players on our team,” Wildcats coach Mark Spigarelli said. “She always has been. A four-month recovery from a torn ACL speaks for itself.”
With Jocelyn Price injured and coaching from the sideline, Jamesia gutted out the pain and put in a great performance.
Here’s hoping she has an encore ready for tonight, because Lee’s Summit West is not going to go down easy.
One thing is for certain, she has a plan for keeping her hair in check tonight.
“I’m going to try two rubber bands instead of one,” she said jokingly.