Girls soccer practice started late at Greenbrier High School once again.
Friday, Brianna Hickman was the third Lady Wolfpack in as many days to have her letter of intent signing ceremony as she and her teammates gathered to celebrate her signing with South Georgia College (Douglas, Ga.).
The signing comes after what has been a tough high school career for Hickman, who tore an ACL in a different knee in both her sophomore and junior seasons. It also hindered her in the recruiting process.
“It was pretty depressing at first,” said Hickman. “I started late so it was hard to get people to look at me. I was glad that South Georgia wasn’t done yet and needed a right-side back.”
Dealing with her knee injuries has had some positives, however, as it’s led her to determine what she wants to do in life.
“I want to go into physical therapy,” she said. “I got into helping people out.”
Dealing with the rehabilitation might have helped improve her game for the 2013 season.
“I’m actually better than I was before,” Hickman said. “I’m faster. It’s because I got into physical therapy and it got me back into doing lunges and it makes you go faster.”
Greenbrier girls head coach Wes Kendrick is glad to have her back.
“A lot of people don’t come back from one surgery, let alone two,” said Kendrick. “She’s really going to help us out this year.”
When she gets to South Georgia it will cross off one of her life goals.
“It’s always been my dream to go off and play,” said Hickman.
“It was my dream to play like for Clemson or something like that. But then it’s out of state and I’d just rather be at something small and not so big.”