CUTLINE: Emporia State forward Merissa Quick receives the MIAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player plaque from MIAA commissioner Bob Boerigter after the Hornets defeated Central Missouri in the MIAA championship game last Sunday in Kansas City, Mo. Quick scored 22 points in the win.
BEYOND THE CUTLINE: This photo stood out to me mainly because of Quick, a Cheney native who has battled back from microfracture knee surgery after last season and has dominated as the knee has gotten better and the season stretched on. Props to ESU assistant AD Don Weast for sending me the pic as part of a larger feature I’m writing on Quick.
MATTHEW S. HICKS: Basketball games are a free for all once games start, and after a big win things can get even more unpredictable. I’ve covered the MIAA Tournament for all 11 years it’s been in Kansas City, and I think Emporia State has been in the championship game here 5-6 times and this is the first time they won so the emotions the girls were showing was really kind of special … I even remember a lot of them walking around saying “This is just unbelievable” and they were kind of just taken with the moment. With the shot of (Quick), I’m not one of these photographers that will yell out to someone to get them to look my way. I just wanted to let her have that moment, do her thing and make sure I press the button.
MERISSA QUICK: We’d just won the conference tournament so we got to extend our season, which was the main thing. I was just shocked to find out I was outstanding player of the tournament, that was exciting. I just wanted to do anything I could do for the team to win, getting the award that was just extra bonus. I was so happy I wasn’t even thinking about who was handing me the award.