Prep Girls Basketball

Knee injury may affect Brown's effectiveness at state tournament

Clark County senior forward Abby Brown, right, tries to stop Monroe City’s Jada Summers from getting to the basket during their Class 3 district championship matchup. Brown is nursing a knee injury as the Indians prepare for the state tournament. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 8, 2018 12:01 am Updated: Mar. 8, 2018 9:11 am

KAHOKA, Mo. -- When the Clark County girls basketball team plays at 4:30 p.m. Friday against California in the Class 3 state semifinals at JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo., Abby Brown will take the floor with the other four starters just like she has all season.

How long she will stay on the floor is in question.

Indians coach John Weaver said Brown injured her right knee in overtime during last Saturday's quarterfinal game against Lutheran North at Warrenton. The 5-foot-10 senior learned this week after visits with a physician and a physical therapist that she has a bone bruise with some swelling.

Brown did not participate in practice on Monday and Tuesday, other than shooting free throws. She jogged on Wednesday, did a couple of layup drills and worked on her lateral movement defensively.

She will go through another light workout with the team on Thursday in Springfield.

"She said it felt OK (Wednesday), but it wasn't perfect by any means," Weaver said. "As of right now, she's going to try it no matter what. The doctor said she can't hurt it worse. She's not going to be 100 percent."

Weaver said Brown suffered the injury in a scrum for a loose ball under the Lutheran North basket.

"She went down kind of backwards," he said. "She kind of grimaced and got up slow."

Moments later, Brown went down near midcourt on another loose ball. She had a noticeable limp after she got up.

"That play hurt it worse," Weaver said. "I asked her on the next dead ball, ‘Are you OK?' She said, ‘No, but I'm not coming out.'"

Weaver said Brown took a cortisone shot on Tuesday, and she's received electrical stimulation and physical therapy. Brown also is going to try to wear one of three braces she's taking to Springfield. She'll take Ibuprofen as needed to help with the pain.

"Medicine and adrenaline will be a big part of those first few minutes on Friday," Weaver said.

Brown had 21 points and 16 rebounds in the victory over Lutheran North. She is the second leading scorer on the team at 11.8 points per game, and she's tied with Carissa Bevans at seven rebounds per game. She also is the team's most accurate shooter at 54.9 percent from the field.

She's averaging 13.8 points and 10.8 rebounds in her last four games.

"Early in the year, she was averaging 7 or 8 points, and our balance was good," Weaver said. "As the season progressed, her numbers skyrocketed."

Weaver said he asked Brown after Tuesday's practice how she felt.

"I said, ‘Give it to me straight. How bad does it hurt?'" he said. "She said, ‘It hurts pretty bad.' So I said, ‘Do you think you can play?' All she said was, ‘I'm playing.'"