For the second consecutive year, it looks like Albertus Magnus guard Kelly Guarino will not play in her team’s final game of the season, whenever that may be.
The senior injured sustained a left knee injury at practice on Friday night and will likely miss the remainder of the season, The Journal News confirmed Saturday afternoon.
According to Falcons coach Pat Buckley, Guarino jump-stopped running a play in practice and fell to the floor screaming. She was taken to the hospital for x-rays, which were negative, but the team and Guarino will wait for results from an MRI, which will likely be conducted Tuesday.
Albertus Magnus, the No. 2 seed in the Section 1 Class A tournament, will host No. 18 Nanuet on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Falcons edged the Golden Knights, 42-41, during a regular-season contest on Jan. 31, after trailing in each of the first three quarters.
Guarino left that game at halftime with a mild concussion after colliding with teammate Madison McGrath.
Guarino has had terrible luck on the court, health-wise, suffering from back-to-back ACL tears in her right knee the previous two seasons and slicing her eyebrow open during the Slam Dunk Tournament, which required stitches.
The senior was garnering interest at the lower-Division I level before Friday’s injury, but there’s no telling how serious the injury is or how it will affect her recruiting until the MRI results are revealed.
Buckley feared that it may be Guarino’s other ACL by the way she screamed after the play. Guarino is never one to complain about an injury or ask to miss time. The senior asked Buckley to stay in the game after splitting her eyebrow open at the Slam Dunk and then again against Nanuet.
Buckley refused both times, although Guarino did return in the second half at the Slam Dunk Tournament after changing jerseys (due to blood spill on her uniform) and getting bandaged up.
If Albertus Magnus beats Nanuet on Sunday, it will host a quarterfinal game on Wednesday, which Buckley has already said she will not play in. Should the Falcons make it to the County Center, depending on the severity of Guarino’s injury, she will have about a week to rest up.
Check back to the LoHud Girls Basketball Blog for an update on Guarino’s status.
Photo credit: The Journal News