December 18, 2012

No. 4-ranked Logan girls lose starter Redman to torn ACL

Senior forward hopes to postpone surgery and return this season.

by Beau Wicker

— Following the conclusion of their biggest win of the season to date, some of the players on Logansport’s girls basketball team were seen with tears in their eyes Saturday at Anderson.

That’s because one of their teammates, Seanna Redman, left the game in the third quarter with a potentially serious knee injury. And Redman was in tears, fearing the worst.

Those fears became reality Tuesday, as Redman learned that she indeed has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee, and she could possibly be out the rest of the season.

The Berries have been hit hard by ACL injuries in recent seasons, losing starters Katie Workman, Leann Hileman and Lindsey Rich to season-ending injuries in the last four years alone.

Logansport is currently ranked No. 4 in Class 4A. The Berries are 10-0 and 3-0 in North Central Conference play.

Redman, a 5-foot-9 senior forward, has started in all 10 games and averages 2.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.

Logan coach Jerry Hoover said Redman is one of the top defenders on the team and is a college-level type of player.

“She’s an athlete. She’s a flat-out athlete,” Hoover said. “If everything goes the way it should go, she’s going to get money to play at the next level, even with this injury in my judgment.”

Hoover has raved about Redman’s man-to-man defensive ability in the past and envisioned her stepping up and hitting big shots in big games, which he said she’s perfectly capable of doing.

But those visions will have to be put on hold, at least for the next month or so.

Redman said she will get the results of her MRI back today which will tell her the severity of the tear. She’s hoping that it’s not a bad tear and that she can postpone her surgery and undergo physical therapy and return to the court before the end of the season.

“I’ve had problems with my knee since last year,” she said. “I’m used to playing with pain in it. Hopefully I can just brace it up.”

Redman was injured on a shot attempt at Anderson and left the game with 5:31 remaining in the third quarter.

“I was going up for a layup and a girl hit me and when I landed, the back of my knee hit the wrong way and gave out,” she said.

Redman went down in a heap of pain and had to be helped off the court. The initial hope was that it was an MCL sprain, which she had encountered before this year, but instead it was the dreaded ACL tear.

“When they told me they thought it was an ACL, I started crying and I didn’t believe it,” she said. “It’s hard being a senior not being able to finish three sports. I’ve played my whole life and sitting and watching will be terrible. I want to be out there playing. Most of the time I dreaded going to practice, but now I want to go. You never think it could happen to you but then it does.”

Redman said she is determined to return to the court this season, if possible. She would prefer to delay her surgery until following the upcoming softball season, which she thinks is her best sport.

“It’s a bad year to have this happen,” she said. “My hopes are to get back on the court. Until then I’ll support my team on the sidelines.”

Redman said she was enjoying her senior season starting for the highly-ranked Berries.

“I really enjoy playing a lot. Coach makes it fun,” she said. “He makes me excited for college. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

The Berries’ depth has certainly taken a hit, at least in the meantime, as well. They were only playing seven players in the main varsity rotation this season.

“It just means that [Madyson] Price and Krista [Kyyroenen] are going to have to pick up and carry a heavier load,” said Hoover, who said a couple of the JV players will have to be ready to step up as well. “And then we’ll save a few quarters for [Sydney] Bullard, and [Samantha] Kain is also in that mix,” he said.

Hoover added that whether Redman is able to return to the court or not this season, she remains a key member of the team.

“Just her presence around here, she’s very, very important to our team,” he said.