Returning to the first division after 332 days of “Beauty Rookie Award” → “I’ve improved my confidence,” complimenting Hana Q’s first “Spring Basketball.”

January 14, 2024 | by

Park So-hee (21), who failed to contribute to the sensation of Bucheon Hana One Q due to an unexpected injury before the season, is finally back on the court. She showed off her potential in good health.

Park So-hee played 16 minutes and 56 seconds against Busan BNK Sum in the fourth round of the 2023-2024 Woori Bank Woori WON Women’s Professional Basketball match at Sajik Indoor Stadium in Busan on the 13th, recording five points, four rebounds, and one assist, including one three-point game.

Park So-hee, who started the game from the bench, was put on the court when his Jihyun Shin scored two fouls early in the first quarter. Adding the rebound, Park scored his first goal after receiving Um Seo-i’s pass to shoot a mid-range shot and score. With this score, Hana One Q is now taking the lead by 22-6 and 16 points.

After returning to the bench in the second quarter, Park played as a substitute again with about 4:50 left. She then received a pass from Yang In-young and threw a no-mark 3-pointer at the corner, adding another point. It was the moment when Hana One Q, which was being chased after, ran away again. After that, Park had no more points. However, Park seemed to be trying to create opportunities derived by continuing to participate in the rebound.

It can be said that the game itself is ordinary, but it was meaningful for Park to participate in the game. The game was the first regular league game in 332 days since the KB Stars match on Feb. 15 last year. It was also the first time for Park to play in the 2023-24 season.

Park So-hee, a graduate of Bundang Business High School, formed the “Big Three” with Lee Hae-ran (Samsung Life) of Sufia Girls’ High School and Byun So-jeong (Shinhan Bank) of Bundang Business High School in the 2021-22 WKBL Rookie Draft. As expected, Park was nominated by Hana One Q as the second choice in the first round and started her professional career. After her father (former Korea Tender Park Sang-wook) and brother (Goyang Sono Park Jong-ha), Park attracted attention as a 178cm tall guard resource.

Park played in only eight games in the first season since her debut due to a knee injury, but she received many opportunities in the 2022-23 season. She played in 26 games for an average of 14 minutes and 56 seconds, recording 4.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists. Her team Hana One Q ranked at the bottom, but it was an opportunity for Park So-hee in her second year. In response, Park won 106 out of 110 votes from reporters at the WKBL Awards after the end of the season, beating Byun So-jeong and Kim Min-ah to win the Rookie of the Year award. At that time, Park drew attention with her good looks, and her skills also improved.

Coach Kim Do-wan, who joined Hana One Q last season, ordered Park So-hee to attack with confidence. “I felt like he kept getting scared, so I forced him to throw or foul anything. That’s how you improve your skills,” Kim said at the time. “If you keep avoiding your opponent because he is tight, you will not be able to play basketball.”

Park, who gained experience through bold attempts, was even more excited for this season. However, Park was diagnosed with knee fatigue while preparing for the season, and failed to join the opening match. The team took the center stage with the joining of “Mint Boss” Kim Jong-un, while Jihyun Shin and Yang In-young showed more stable performance to form the top four in Hana One Q. However, Park did not contribute to this.

Still, Park So-hee’s good performance amid the three veteran players’ performances served as a stepping stone for her to return slowly. Early last month, head coach Kim said, “I have no intention of excessively preparing the players because they are holding out well,” adding, “I think (Park So-hee) will join the sport if it is the third or fourth round.”

As Kim said, Park played in the Futures League after the end of the first half of the season, signaling her return to actual matches. Playing in all three of her team’s matches, Park displayed robust performance by playing an average of 30 minutes and 17 seconds. Although she lost, she fought hard with KB Stars by scoring 16 points, including three three points and three four points, in the final.

“I will play for about five to 10 minutes,” said Kim, who added Park So-hee to the roster ahead of Tuesday’s game. “I played basketball that I wanted. I always wanted Park to be bold in my offense, but I liked the part I played with confidence in that game.”

Coach Kim then praised Park So-hee after the game, saying, “He did better than I thought,” adding, “He is playing basketball with ease, and now he is distinguishing between when he throws and when he doesn’t.”

Park So-hee, whom I met after the game, said, “I thought that the court balance would not be good and I would avoid it because the period of working with my sisters was short,” adding, “The sisters encouraged me and told me to be confident, so I finished the game well.” The tension was even greater because it was a match against BNK, which is ranked 4th and 5th in the rankings, and he said, “It made me nervous even during training. I felt it because I wanted to do it since I warmed up.”

While preparing for this season, Park So-hee, who said, “I was greedy and prepared hard for training,” was said to have been upset after getting injured. However, he showed a resolute attitude, saying, “Still, I try to blend in comfortably in the second half because my sisters led me well in the first half.”

“I can play only when I am in defense. I will make sure that I don’t make mistakes in defense. I want to play without hesitation in offense,” Park said in renewing her commitment for the second half of the season.

Hana OneQ has never made the playoffs since it was founded in 2012 after acquiring the Shinsegae Cool Cat squad. The record for the 2015-16 season, which ranked second in the regular league and went to the championship game, was deleted due to the Chelsea Lee crisis, and it also failed to experience the playoffs as the season ended due to COVID-19 while ranking third in the 2019-20 season 라바카지노도메인. If Park So-hee survives in Hana OneQ, which is aiming for spring basketball for the first time, it can ease the burden of the “Kim Jung-eun, Yang In-young, and Jihyun Shin” triangle formation and help the ranking competition.


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