Colleyville Heritage's Alexia Standish is healthy again and showing why she is rated among the top girls basketball players in the nation.
Standish, a 5-foot-8 point guard and a signee of Texas A&M, has had to overcome a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in the playoffs last February and a torn tendon in the right thumb of her shooting hand that occurred during a practice in November.
The ACL injury came in a 58-55 playoff loss to Flower Mound Marcus, ending a season in which Standish averaged 17.9 points and 5.4 assists.
The thumb injury caused Standish to miss 17 games. In her first game back, a 90-14 win over Irving on Jan. 4, Standish scored 33 points. Her scoring average is up to 23.4 this season, and her assist average has remained steady at 5.4.
Standish is rated No. 30 nationally in the Class of 2011 by ESPNU and No. 6 at her position.
Colleyville Heritage (17-9, 10-1 in District 6-5A) remains in second place, a game behind district leader Irving MacArthur. The Lady Panthers host rival Grapevine at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
Heritage will entertain MacArthur, ranked No. 2 in the ESPNDallas.com Class 5A Top 10, on Jan. 28.