It’s been almost two seasons, but Kiara Watson was finally back on the basketball court in an Alexander uniform.
The senior guard/forward had been out with a knee injury.
All she could do during the time of rehab was sit on the bench and watch.
But Wednesday night in a Region 5-AAAAAA blowout win against Tri-Cities, Watson was back on the court.
In about six minutes of action, Watson scored four points and got a rebound.
“It was almost surreal being out there on the court,” Watson said. “It was good. As a team, we played good.”
The Cougars secured a 67-34 win behind some balance scoring from Alliee Pattillo’s 14 points and Kim Lawson added 12 points while Jenuwin Drayton added 10 points.
Alexander’s win snapped a two-game non-region losing streak in the War Eagles Classic, which was hosted by Woodward Academy. The Cougars opened with a loss to Forest Park and then to host Woodward.
“Those were two pretty good teams,” Alexander coach Adam Watts said. “We are young and we are still trying to develop some chemistry among the different rotations. It was definitely a good learning experience for us as a team.”
With Watson back, the Cougars now add another piece to its rotation. As a freshman, Watson scored 175 points and grabbed 138 rebounds, while contributing 16 blocks and making 26 steals on the season.
She is a welcomed addition.
“We are very excited to get her back,” Lawson said. “She is a really big part of this teams. She will be a big factor in the next part of our season.”
The Cougars are 6-3 overall and 3-2 in the region heading into the Christmas break. Their two losses were to South Paulding in double overtime and two-time defending region champion Douglas County.
Alexander plays Heritage of Florida in the first round of the Seffner Christian Christmas Invitational in Palm Bay, Fla., on Dec. 28 at 11:30 a.m.
Watts said that Watson will play some limited minutes until she gets back in shape.
“We have to ease her into this over the next few games,” he said. “We pretty much limited her to six minutes. You can see the rust. She will play in the Christmas tournament in Florida. We will see how it rolls out.”