The Reed girls basketball team lost Gabby Williams and a win streak on Saturday and could be without Williams for much longer.
Williams landed awkwardly 30 seconds into the Raiders' 55-43 loss at Reno High. She pounded the floor under the basket, writhing in pain. She did not return and, after the game, said she twisted her knee when she landed. 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 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." 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 loss for Reed snapped the Raiders' win streak against Northern opponents that dated back to the 2009-10 season.