BOZEMAN — It was a special homecoming on Saturday in Bozeman for Manhattan Christian basketball alumnus Megan Kamps.
Kamps is a redshirt sophomore at Southern Utah, which Montana State hosted in a 69-64 win to open Big Sky conference play.
A 2016 graduate of Manhattan Christian High School, Kamps signed to play basketball at Southern Utah, and Saturday marked her second appearance playing against the Bobcats in Bozeman.
And every time she returns, it gets a little sweeter.
“I love it just because it’s close, so everyone can come watch,” Kamps said of the nearby Manhattan Christian community. “It’s frustrating, though, because it is my hometown and I always wanted to play here (for Montana State). But now I have a chance to play in this building and against this team, and I would probably say it’s better.”
The proximity of her hometown to the arena always made a nice fanbase for the Thunderbirds.
“A lot of people are big-time Cats fans, but it’s nice that they have my back and can support me. It’s definitely fulfilling to at least be able to play on this court even though I’m not playing for the Cats,” she said.
Kamps, who has battled an injury the past few games, played 15 minutes for SOU on Saturday, scoring six points and grabbing one rebound, though she fouled out of the contest. Kamps and the Thunderbirds face the Montana Lady Griz in Missoula on Monday at 2 p.m.