Heidi Highstreet has seen it all.
She has been the star player, the role player and now she is finding her groove as an opportunist during her senior season at Ferris State University.
After not playing much this season, Highstreet was thrust into the limelight Saturday during the Bulldogs’ 82-79 loss to Walsh College.
One of the Bulldogs’ post players fouled out, and another succumbed to injury. That put Highstreet in prime position to play a larger role for her team, and she responded with the best game she has had at the school since arriving two years ago.
She made 5 of 8 attempts to score 16 points. She also added eight rebounds to narrowly miss recording a double double for Ferris State (7-4)
“It’s tough because I was always used to being the leader on teams and stuff like that, and it has been different here,” said Highstreet, a 5-foot-11 forward. “It’s been nice to get a reality check and see other people’s points of view and how they felt when they were in those situations.”
Highstreet hasn’t played as big of a role as she had hoped, but she could be in the process of gaining that opportunity.
“I got more playing time than I normally do, and I said to myself ‘Hey Heidi, you have to step up.’ It was the highest I have scored since I’ve been here, and the most that I have played.
“It definitely is a confidence booster after having my minutes up and down, and I hadn’t scored in the past couple of games.”
This season will be the end of a stellar career for the Algonac High School graduate. She played a key role on the St. Clair County Community College women’s basketball team in her two years with the school. In each season they qualified for the National Tournament and went to the Final Four in her sophomore season.
After arriving at Division II Ferris State University, Highstreet had to undergo another adjustment, but it was just part of what she has experienced in the sport.
“Playing basketball in college has been the best thing I have ever done,” Highstreet said. “I have met friends for life and been a part of championships and the wins. Everything has been such a blessing.”
Highstreet will graduate this summer with an allied health and science degree and will begin Ferris State’s radiology program later this year. But first, she hopes to leave the school on a high note.
“Obviously I want to see us go to nationals and succeed,” Highstreet said. “I want to end the season like I did all I could do for the team. I want to be confident and just put it all on the floor.”
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