Purcell’s Alicia Baker: Athlete Spotlight Presented By Landers of Norman

By Derrick Smith

No matter which sport she is playing, Alicia Baker always has a reminder that you can always make it through whatever you face.

“My mom, Holly Baker, is an overcomer,” she stated. “She has battled cancer and won twice and has had to recently have a heart surgery that she bounced back from all while caring for me and my dad and little brother. She never misses a game unless work interferes and always has my back.”

Holly is a senior at Purcell High School, where she is a member of the basketball, cross country, and golf teams. She says she started playing basketball when she was little, but things became serious when she signed up to play AAU basketball after her sophomore year.

Besides her mother, there is another person that has impacted Alicia and helped her become the person and player she is today.

“If it wasn’t for Taylor Wollenberg, I don’t think you would be reading this article,” she said. “She has taught me so much and I would not be where I am today without her.”

The highlight moment of her career is not something that Baker did during a game, but instead it was something she did for her future.

“My biggest moment would have to be when I verbally committed and then signed to play at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas,” she said. “I am really excited to see what the future holds.”