If Albertus Magnus wants to win its first section title since 2008-09, it will have to do it without its starting point guard… again.
Falcons senior Kelly Guarino will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in her left knee, The Journal News confirmed Tuesday afternoon. Guarino tore her right ACL in the previous two seasons.
Prior to the injury, Guarino was drawing interest from Wagner College, a Division I school on Staten Island. There is no word on whether or not the Seahawks will withdraw their interest in the guard.
Guarino’s mother, Deb, said that her daughter is scheduled to have surgery on March 20.
During the Falcons’ win over Nanuet in the Section 1 Class A first round on Sunday, Guarino’s mother was optimistic about the injury, which her daughter had suffered during a practice on Friday.
She explained that Kelly thought the pain was in her hamstring, and not her ACL. Falcons coach Pat Buckley said that Guarino went down screaming after a routine jump-stop in practice.
“No one deserves this,” Buckley said.
During the 50-35 win over No. 18 Nanuet, Guarino was standing in support of her second-seeded Falcons, donning her No. 13 jersey and a thick knee brace.
Albertus Magnus is scheduled to host No. 7 Somers in the quarterfinals on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. The Falcons have made it the Westchester County Center, home of the Section 1 basketball semifinals and championships, every year under Buckley.
“We will rally for her,” Buckley said. “One at a time. We can do this!”
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