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  • Jaguar happy to return to court

  • No one had a bigger smile on their face following Blue Springs South's 64-13 victory over Raymore-Peculiar in the Blue Springs South Summer Girls Basketball League Monday than Jaguars senior guard Shannon Hughes.

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  • No one had a bigger smile on their face following Blue Springs South's 64-13 victory over Raymore-Peculiar in the Blue Springs South Summer Girls Basketball League Monday than Jaguars senior guard Shannon Hughes.
    And it had nothing to do with the lopsided win.
    Hughes missed all of last season following a torn ACL she suffered in softball her junior year.
    In the Jaguars’ big win, Hughes and a Panther player were going for a loose ball when they collided at midcourt.
    Hughes got the worse end of the collision and immediately left the game.
    “The first thing I thought was, 'Oh, no! This can't be happening to me,'” said Hughes, who went to the back of the gymnasium and began to walk around to see if her right knee had suffered any damage.
    “My mom was so worried she came over to see if I was OK,” Hughes continued. “I guess that's why I'm wearing this knee brace. This is really my first time back on the court. I played about two minutes last season and that was it.
    “Now, I just want to go out and play and not worry about my knee. And after surviving that collision, I think I can start to do that.”
    Hughes could be the X-factor for a Jaguar team that returns most of its contributors from a 2012-13 squad that advanced to the district championship game.
    “Shannon is going to mean a lot to our team,” said Brad Oyler, who is easing into his second year as the Jaguars’ head coach after a stellar career at Liberty High School, where he led the Blue Jays to a state championship. “We needed a leader last year, and now, we have one with Shannon. She'll be our point guard. She is such an unselfish kid – you saw how well she played tonight – and she is going to make everyone else better out on the court.”
    When asked about the collision between Hughes and the Ray-Pec player, Oyler just rolled his eyes and said, “I just thought, 'No!' We're all happy she's OK. We need her this season.”
    Even though she was injured during the softball season, Hughes said Oyler was one of the first people to come visit her.
    “That meant a lot to me and my family,” Hughes said. “I'm glad he's talking about me taking a leadership role because I think I am a leader and that I can help make our team better. We have so many great offensive players – gosh, I've played with (guard) Remy (Davenport) forever. I was looking so forward to last season with Coach Oyler and all the talented young players we had.
    Page 2 of 2 - “And most of them are back. I don't think we'll get many wins like this one, but I think we'll get our share.”
    Follow Bill Althaus on Twitter: @AlthausEJC
     

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