McQueen brings solace to Lady Longhorn loss

By Matt Hill
STAR STAFF
mhill@starhq.com

   MOUNTAIN CITY--What had been a night to forget for the Johnson County girls basketball team became one that everybody who attended the Lady Longhorns' senior night contest with Volunteer will always remember.
   Johnson County was easily defeated 65-33 by the Lady Falcons on Friday at Ray Shoun Gym, but the game had one of the most touching moments you are ever going to see at an athletic event.
   Johnson County guard Andrea McQueen, who has missed almost the entire season with an ACL injury, was inserted into the game in the final two minutes.
   McQueen missed two three-point attempts, and then was taken out.
   But when she returned, that's when the magical moment happened.
   McQueen, whose injury was obviously showing as she was barely moving, came back into the game in the final seconds.
   On the Longhorns' final possession of the game, McQueen was given one more chance to hit a three. With a wide open look, she made the shot.
   McQueen was given a standing ovation not only for the shot, but also for a fine career at Johnson County that unfortunately was marred by injures.
   "I was just relieved that I could come out and hit my last shot on senior night," McQueen said. "It's really upsetting that I've lost my season."
   McQueen not only received a standing ovation during the game, but was also announced with the other two senior starters, Nikki Davidson and Courtney Shaw, when the lineups were given out at the beginning of the contest.
   "I feel in the four years that I have been up here that I have been appreciated," McQueen said. "I just thank them for supporting me no matter what I have done. I'll always love Johnson County for that."
   With McQueen's senior year being tarnished due to the missed basketball, Friday night will always be cherished by her.
   "I love basketball, but I'll miss the memories more than I will any points that I can score or any assists or steals or anything that I can accomplish," she said. "I'll just miss the memories more than anything."
   Davidson also had a strong showing on senior night, as she finished with 18 points.
   Makala Thurman led a balanced Volunteer scoring attack with 14.