The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


April 17, 2014

Guard from Kansas signs letter to play for Southern cagers

Anna Hignight, a three-sport standout at Independence (Kan.) High School, has signed a basketball letter of intent with Missouri Southern, Lions coach Ronda Hubbard announced on Thursday.

Hignight, a 5-foot-7 guard and the daughter of James and Nancy Hignight, was a four-year starter for coach Dale Reynolds’ Bulldogs and scored 1,043 points, ranking her sixth in school history. She was named to the all-Southeast Kansas League team three times, including twice as a unanimous first-team selection.

At Independence, Hignight also was a four-year letter winner in cross country and a three-year letter winner in swimming. She earned all-league honors in cross country all four years.

“Anna is the fifth player to round out our freshman class,” Hubbard said in a release. “We are really excited about her potential. She is a really good point guard with great basketball IQ. Anna does a nice job of making the players around her better, and that is a major key to being an outstanding point. She is athletic with a great work ethic, and we believe she is going to improve our depth at the point position immediately.”

Last fall the Lions signed four freshmen — 6-1 guard-forward Jordan Dinyer from Hallsville, Mo., 5-9 guard Kayla Kivinski from Port Richey, Fla., 5-10 forward-center Jenson Maydew from Pratt, Kan., and 5-7 guard Dru Clark from Sand Springs, Okla.

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