Archive for Thursday, December 22, 2005

Waxmonski lost for the season

December 22, 2005

When Tiffany Waxmonski was helped off the court clutching her right knee last Tuesday, her Lady Bobcats' teammates were understandably concerned.

Waxmonski is one of the tougher players around and the tears in her eyes suggested that this was a serious injury.

Plus, Waxmonski knows a little bit about knee injuries, having torn her anterior cruciate ligament two years ago as a freshman.

"I went down and coach was like, 'don't worry about the worst,' but all I could say was 'not again,'" Waxmonski said.

Waxmonski's fears were realized last week when tests revealed another ACL tear. In a big blow to her team and an even bigger blow to her, Waxmonski will have to have season-ending knee surgery on Jan. 20 and then face months of rehabilitation.

"She's been through this once, with her other knee and now she's facing it again," Basehor-Linwood coach Tami Holthus said. "She's a very tough, courageous young lady, but I'm sure it's a very difficult situation for her."

The Lady Bobcats will miss Waxmonski's experience and versatility. Ironically, she got her first varsity start as a freshman point guard when Alex Jeannin missed time with her own ACL tear. Since then, Waxmonski's 5-foot-8 height has allowed her to move successfully to the wing to make room for younger point guards, and she's maintained the quickness to make her a threat at both ends of the court.

Waxmonski was having one of her best defensive performances against Lansing before she was injured. She had two blocks and two steals, one of which she took coast-to-coast for a lay up.

"She was playing awesome the other night," Holthus said. "She's one of our leaders, from the standpoint of being one of the older ones on the team," she added.

Waxmonski will still be able to be a team leader, but not in the way she would like. For the rest of this season, her leadership will have to come from the sidelines. Still, one week after the injury she was her old self, stoic and determined, with a plan to work through her latest knee injury.

"Just like I did last time, only harder," she said.

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