LaKeisha Crouch, the leading scorer for the Hillsboro girls state championship basketball team last season, is feared lost for the season after suffering a recent ACL knee injury.
“It happened in a recent scrimmage,’’ said Hillsboro Coach Katrina Carter. “She had an MRI after which she’ll have ACL surgery Nov. 18 (Wednesday).’’
Crouch, a senior who signed with Xavier last week, was one of four returning starters for the Burros who went 34-1 last season in winning the AAA state title. Recently, she was ranked by ESPN Rise as the top returning player in the state.
“She’s walking around without discomfort, and from that it doesn’t look too serious,’’ Carter said. “Doctors say it’s season ending, but we’ll see. The important thing is that she make a complete recovery.’’
“At practice, she’s like another coach for us, giving all the girls as much support and help as she possibly can,’’ Carter said.
The Burros open their season Nov. 24 at home against Riverdale.
Hall of Fame Games: Hall of Fame basketball games Tuesday around the Nashville area include: East Lit at Marshall County, Hillwood at Ezell-Harding, Pope JPII at Hunters Lane and Overton at Whites Creek. On Thursday Fame action continues with Antioch at Whites Creek, East Lit at Creekwood, Hume-Fogg at Glencliff, Hillwood at CPA and Mt. Juliet at Overton.
The regular season opens next Monday.
McMeans to speak at Ryan: Blake McMeans will speak at the Father Ryan High Auditorium Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. on the dangers of drinking and driving. McMeans had a promising tennis career cut short in 1994, when he suffered a severe auto accident after a night of heavy drinking.
One of the nation’s top junior players, McMeans rose to a national ranking as high as No. 4 before signing with Tennessee for college. Two months into his freshman year, he was drinking with fraternity brothers in Knoxville, then suffered a terrible auto accident on the way home, leaving him partially paralyzed and almost costing him his life.
Confined to a wheelchair after the accident, McMeans since has been a strong spokesman for avoiding driving while impaired as strong motivational speaker.
He manages an organization called The Promise Tour in which he challenges teens to make a promise not to drink and drive. For more info, go to his facebook “Friends of Blake McMeans’’ on his Web site .