Junior guard Eickholt is key contributor for Convoy Crestview

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Convoy Crestview Basketball
Melissa Eickholt's potential as a basketball player was obvious during
her freshman season at Convoy Crestview. She saw significant time and one could tell she was the type of
athlete who could step up under pressure. Recently against Columbus Grove, Eickholt, now a junior, displayed that quality and played a pivotal role in Crestview's 54-43 win that earned the
Knights a share of the Northwest Conference championship.


CONVOY – Melissa Eickholt's potential as a basketball player was obvious during her first high school season at Convoy Crestview. She saw significant playing time as a rookie and one could tell that she was the type of athlete who could step up under pressure and wasn't going to be rattled in a tight game.

Recently against Columbus Grove, Eickholt, now a junior for the Knights, played a pivotal role in Crestview's 54-43 win that earned the Knights a share of the Northwest Conference championship.

Eickholt drained a 3-pointer during a game-opening 7-0 run and finished the night with eight points for Crestview, which is now 14-2 overall and 7-0 in the NWC.

She has had more explosive nights, and though she averages only 8.5 points per outing, it’s clear that the experience she gained as a freshman has paid off big time.

“Playing early on helped me get used to the speed of the game,” said Eickholt, who is also a standout in volleyball and softball. “I also got used to playing against good competition every night.”

Eickholt is a headache on the defensive end of the floor, having tallied 34 steals through her team's first 14 games.

Offensively, Eickholt went to the gym on her own time in the offseason and took shots to sharpen that area of her game. This season she’s shooting 37.8-percent from beyond the 3-point arc.

“My perimeter shooting has really improved,” Eickholt said. “I would say this is due to the time I have put into it. I would come into school early to get a few reps in before practice later that day or before a game. The extra work has helped my confidence.”

Crestview head coach Greg Rickard has always said that Eickholt has been a big part of the Knights' success. He notes how valuable Eickholt is to the team offensively and defensively, and it's no secret that Crestview is enjoying one of its best seasons ever.

“We have been very successful this year, and the success I have had is a credit to my teammates,” Eickholt said. “We distribute the ball very well and we work hard to find the open shot. Coach has done a great job of getting us to play together and to play up to the best of our ability.”

It doesn't hurt that Eickholt spends a good chunk of her summer in various gyms.

“I play on a travel team with other girls from the area,” Eickholt said. “That has helped me to expand my level of play because our opponents are always good, if not better than us. The fact that I play other sports helps with my competitiveness and will to win.”

As a team, the Knights have been more than competitive. Through 14 games, Crestview is averaging 46 points per game and allowing just 28.9. The potential for a solid postseason lingers.

“Our team is working very hard to make a good tournament run,” Eickholt said. “We need to do the best we can to be consistent in every game we play the rest of the year. If we do that, we have a shot to be successful in the tournament.”

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