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Girls basketball: Gabby Williams hurt in Reno's streak-busting victory


12:00 AM, Jan. 20, 2013 EST

Reed junior Gabby Williams is helped off the court after going down with a knee injury in the first minute of play at Reno on Saturday. / Photos by Julie Dawes/Special to the RGJ

The Reed girls basketball team lost Gabby Williams and a win streak on Saturday and could be without its star for much longer.

Williams landed awkwardly 30 seconds into the Raiders' 55-43 loss at Reno High. Williams pounded the floor under the basket, writhing in pain. The gym was almost completely quiet for nearly a full minute.

Williams did not return -- which played a major role in the end of Reed's 55-game win streak against North opponents -- and after the game said she twisted the knee when she landed on a transition layup attempt.

Dr. Jim Pappas examined Williams, the two-time reigning RGJ All-North player of the year and the region's most sought-after recruit regardless of sport, late in the fourth quarter in a corner of the gym.

"He said there's probably a tear," said Williams' father, Matt.

The family will schedule an MRI for Monday to determine the full extent of the injury.

If Williams suffered a ligament tear of any kind -- with such a promising career ahead of her -- she likely is done for the year, which would deliver a huge blow to Reed's state championship defense.

"We won't need her until the championship game of the playoffs," Reed coach Sara Ramirez said. "I know this team can beat everyone else out there. ... In the long run, it could be the best thing for our team, if she comes back. We'll be stronger.

"It was an adjustment we had to make in 30 seconds: 'How are we going to do this?'" Ramirez said. "We got flustered a little, but we found a way. We could have shut down and been done, or we could have stepped up and played and that's what we did. Some players who haven't seen a lot of minutes this year came in and scored and played well. ... I'm honestly pleased. Like I told my team: 'Hold your head up. We just lost a big part of the team, and we still played. We didn't roll over.'"

Williams, a junior guard, averaged 30 points per game before Saturday. She is a top recruit in both basketball and track.

Coaches from Arizona State, Kentucky and Utah were on hand Saturday. Recruiters from UConn and Fresno State were in town earlier this week.

Williams, as a 15-year-old last summer, finished fifth in the women's high jump at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore.

"The game is different without Gabby playing," Reno's Gigi Hascheff said. "We hope she gets better, and hopefully, we'll see her and them in (regionals). ... We want her to get better and hope she comes back this season, so there's no speculation if we were to win in the future if it's because she's not there."

The loss snapped the Raiders' 55-game win streak against Northern opponents that dated back three seasons. Reed's last such loss was to Reno in the regional title game on Feb. 20, 2010.

 

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