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Kokett thrilled to be back

Eric Morken | Echo Press Brandon-Evansville senior Megan Kokett drives along the baseline against the defense of Ashby’s Becca Hansen (back) and Sarah Anderson during the Little Eight Conference matchup last Friday night. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)

Brandon-Evansville’s Megan Kokett is thrilled to be back on the basketball court again and helping her Chargers teammates contend for a Little Eight Conference title.

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The senior guard didn’t know how long she might be out after suffering what she said was her fourth concussion since her sophomore season in a win over Battle Lake on January 9. One of those concussions was suffered sliding into home plate in softball with the others coming in basketball.

“It’s so nice,” Kokett said of being back on the court after the Chargers beat conference rival Ashby last Friday night. “I hate sitting and watching. I love playing.”

Kokett said she has missed up to two weeks with previous concussions, but she was out only two games after her latest one. She was there to cheer on her teammates from the sidelines for those before she passed all the required tests to return to the court in a game against Parkers Prairie on January 17.

“I think about it and I know I just have to get 100 percent better to come back,” Kokett said. “I just don’t worry about it when I’m on the court. I just focus on my game.”

Kokett is a big help to this team with her shooting ability. That was on full display last Friday as she set a new school record for most threes made in a single game with six.

Kokett caught fire in the second half, hitting four triples on her way to a team-high 24 points. It was part of a record-setting team night for the Chargers as they hit a new school-high 12 threes as a group.

“It felt perfect,” Kokett said of her shot. “I didn’t even look sometimes. I just felt it. It’s fun, especially my senior year.”

That’s another reason why the Chargers are so happy to have her back on the court. Kokett is one of just three seniors, along with guard Kinsley Randt and center Kristine Bettermann, on an otherwise young Brandon-Evansville team.

“She likes to play,” head coach Dick Simpson said of Kokett. “She hustles. She seems to set the tone a little bit for us. I think when she was out we were missing that a little bit. When she’s shooting like that, that helps. Then she’s quick enough to get some steals.”

Kokett had four steals in that record-setting 72-61 win over Ashby. She came back the next night and had 13 points and four more steals in a 60-52 loss to Ortonville on Saturday.

At 5-1, the Chargers were tied for the LEC lead with Battle Lake and Parkers Prairie after this past weekend. Kokett is thrilled to be back and a part of that as she tries to wrap up her career by helping Brandon-Evansville make a run at that conference title.

Eric Morken
Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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