More sad news for Section 1 fans. Ossining point guard Hayley Awerdick suffered a torn ACL in her left knee during a scrimmage against Ursuline on Tuesday night and will miss the entire season.
Awerdick, a senior point guard, who was a second-team Journal News all-star last season, was obviously devastated when I caught up with her tonight. Here’s how she described the injury: “I was trying to pass the ball and my body was twisted in a weird way,” she said. “I came down flat-footed, which you’re not supposed to do, you’re supposed to come down on your toes. So when I came down my knee just buckled and I felt it tear. After that, I just started screaming from the top of my lungs and I started crying. I knew right then that I tore it.”
Awerdick said she went for an MRI last night after the scrimmage. Her right knee tear had been originally diagnosed as a sprain, and she and her family wanted to ensure that wouldn’t happen again.
She wasn’t sure when she will have surgery, but expected it to happen at some point in December.
Awerdick, who would have been a four-year varsity player, tore her right ACL during the AAU season after her sophomore year. She recovered in time to help Ossining reach the Section 1 final and performed well at the County Center, earning a spot on the all-tournament team.
With Awerdick, 1,000-point scorer Alex Venuto and Christina Rupp back, and with the addition of freshman transfer Saniya Chong, coach Dan Ricci said Ossining had its best team since the 2004 Class AA state finalist that featured Awerdick’s sister Melissa Awerdick, as well as Whitney MacDonald, Rainey Brownlee and Laura Brown.
Knowing what she would miss made Awerdick’s injury even harder to fathom. “This can’t be real. This can’t happen. We’re going for the gold ball and I have to be here for this,” she thought. “I couldn’t believe it. I was just devastated.”
Even before the injury, Awerdick had begun leaning toward playing college ball at Herkimer Community College. She talked to the coach there, John Campagna, and he eased her mind about the future. “Even though I tore my ACL he still wants me to come to the school,” she said. “It was nice to hear because I was worried about that.”
Obviously, this changes the landscape in Class AA. Mount Vernon is clearly the favorite, but Ossining was likely the No. 2 team. Now, I’m not so sure. No matter what, Section 1 fans will certainly miss another opportunity to watch Awerdick play.