Lady Braves Senior Night Turns Injury Fiasco

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Lady Braves Senior Night Turns Injury Fiasco

STANDING STRONG:

STANDING STRONG: "We are here to support each other no matter what happens," said senior Aislee Julander.

STANDING STRONG: "We are here to support each other no matter what happens," said senior Aislee Julander.

STANDING STRONG: "We are here to support each other no matter what happens," said senior Aislee Julander.

Otessa Olsen, staff writer

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FLASHBACKS: Senior Kaylee Hale understands what Addy Jenkins is going through better than most as she remembers her own painful recovery from knee surgery.

The Lady Braves had an eventful night on Wednesday, Oct 16th.  The team was expected to blow Evanston away and come away from the game with a little more confidence going into the post season. What happened was not at all what the girls or coaches expected or hoped for. Addy Jenkins, Addie Butler, and Mia Hutchinson all went home Wednesday night with a limp.

B just the second point of the entire game, middle hitter Mia Hutchinson went down when she took a wrong step and her knee popped out of place. “Well, this is stupid,” was Hutchinson’s first thought as she limped off the court. Luckily, Hutchinson’s injury wasn’t too serious, and she was back for the game against Green River on October 19th; however, she repeated the injury during the game. Hutchinson is currently doing her best to rest up and hopefully be back in the game for the regional tournament.

While Hutchinson is looking at a potentially quick recovery, right side player Addy Jenkins is facing a year-long recovery. Jenkins (AJ) came down in the second set of the match unsure if it was even a big deal. “Her fall didn’t look bad at all,” said Coach Jenkins, AJ’s mother. “My first instinct was to tell her to suck it up.” Jenkins has since learned that she tore both her ACL and her MCL. She went in to surgery on Tuesday October 29th.  “Without AJ will really stink! She is an awesome hitter and a great teammate!” said team captain Kaylee Hale.

STEPPING UP: Mickey Frazier doesn’t bat an eye as she’s thrown headfirst into the fray of the game after an injury to Addie Butler.

Both these injuries put quite a strain on the Lady Brave’s already shallow bench. During that night’s JV match, Addie Butler re-injured her already fragile ankle; Butler was unavailable to fill in the gaps in the varsity lineup. Sophomore Mickey Frazier played exceptionally well, despite getting thrown into the game for Hutchinson so unexpectedly. To the amazement of all, including Hale, defensive specialist Whitnee Hale stepped up to the plate and filled in for AJ on the front row.

DEFENSE TO OFFENSE: Whitnee Hale becomes an all-round player with a moments notice. Hale normally only played back row defense, but when AJ went down, she had to learn to play on the net as well.

“Having my little sister playing front row was really scary! But, I’m honestly so proud of how my teammates stepped up in that scary time,” said Kaylee Hale.

Since senior night, Butler has started practicing again and looks to be on the mend. Hutchinson is still sporting a limp, but Frazier is ready for anything on that score. “I think going into the post season we are still looking pretty solid,” said Kaylee Hale.

“We will really miss AJ’s block out there on the right side this weekend, but I know that the girls on this team are fighters and won’t let this tragedy keep them from achieving the goals that they have for themselves,” said Coach Jenkins.

The Lady Braves miss their injured teammate but plan on playing their guts out and bringing home a state title despite the setback.

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