As you will already know if you read today’s paper, Lauren Kahn said she will return to play again for Nanuet this season.
“I’m definitely going to be back,” Kahn said. “Sooner rather than later, hopefully.”
Kahn crashed to the court last week when she collided with an opponent during a fastbreak layup. The fall injured her tailbone and lower back, but X-rays showed no fractures. She was told to rest and let the injury heal before trying to run or resume basketball activities. The Golden Knights have played three halves of basketball since, lost all three and dropped both games, one to Albertus Magnus and one to Nyack.
When I spoke to Lauren on Monday, she seemed upbeat. The senior missed the last three days of school last week but returned this week. She still felt discomfort but said her condition has improved. Both Kahn and Nanuet coach Carlos Fidalgo stressed a desire to stay away from the game so as to protect her future, which includes a lacrosse scholarship to UConn. At the same time, Kahn desperately wants to return for what’s left of her final basketball season.
The date of her return remains unclear. It was clear to me she hopes to return for Nanuet’s senior night, which is scheduled for Feb. 2 against Tappan Zee, but, again, nothing has been decided.
Other notes: Among the other items in today’s Fifth Quarter is one on Gina Maher. The Irvington coach remains just five wins shy of 500. If the Bulldogs win out (to put it bluntly: they should) and win their first playoff game (ditto), Maher will capture No. 500 then, and become the first girls basketball coach in Section 1 history to reach that plateau. Knowing Maher and how badly she wants this for her players, she’s not concerned with how to win five straight, not with this team. More like the nine more it will take to win Section 1, or the 15 more to win it all. That would mean far more to her than No. 500.
Also, not surprisingly, since Tori Jarosz, Alexandra Osborn-Jones and Kristin Schmidt returned last week, their teams are unbeaten. And looking for a game to watch Friday? Try Ossining vs. Edgemont, with a matchup between two of the area’s top freshmen, Saniya Chong and Brittni Lai. I have been all but assured this will be a true head-to-head matchup. Should be fun.