Aberdeen senior girls basketball star Brionna Jones, on her way to becoming the first Harford County female player to reach 2,000 career points, may be lost for the remainder of the season because of a right knee injury suffered Jan. 3 in a home game against North Harford.
Jones, who has committed to attend and play at the University of Maryland, was hurt going up for a lay-up, according to her father, Mike Jones, an assistant coach for Aberdeen this season. In attempt to stop as a defender slid by, Jones' right knee buckled under her, according to her father.
An X-ray taken revealed nothing, but Jones had a follow-up MRI and is scheduled for a consultation with Dr. Sean Curtin from Center for Orthopedics in Bel Air. The results of the MRI will be known Wednesday, Mike Jones said, but the fear is an injury to the ACL. A tear will require surgery and end the star's senior season. Jones sits at 1,812 career points
Brionna Jones led the Eagles to the schools' first ever state title in girls basketball last season and was looking to lead her team back to the finals this year and repeat.
"She had goals, repeat state championship, it was important to play her senior year," Mike Jones said.
Should the MRI reveal the bad news, Brionna Jones will undergo surgery sooner rather than later, so to get into rehab as quickly as possible and get ready for next season at Maryland, the 10th ranked team in the nation.
Baltimore Ravens doctor Dr. Leigh Ann Curl of MedStar SportsHealth team will handle the surgery, Mike Jones said. Brionna's older brother, Jared, underwent ACL surgery a few years back and Dr. Curl handled that.
"She's not happy, she wants to play," Mike Jones said. "Things happen and we just have to deal with it."
The Eagles will be a bit of a different team if Brionna Jones can't come back – the force in the middle on both ends of the floor will be missed. Mike Jones says it will be a different team, but one that can gain valuable experience. It will be a young team, but a talented group who will play next year and the year after without the aid of leader Jones in the middle.
Aberdeen's girls are 8-2 this season, their only losses coming to two nationally ranked private school teams in a holiday invitational tournament in Washington, D.C., last month.
With Jones watching from the bench last Thursday, Aberdeen still beat Patterson Mill on the road, 60-57. The Eagles were 26-1 in their 2012 championship season.