The fears for Aberdeen High senior Brionna Jones became a reality Wednesday, when she and her family learned that her right knee injury is in fact an ACL tear that will require season ending surgery for Harford County's top girls basketball player.
Brionna's mother Sun Jones, says the injury was confirmed by Baltimore Ravens doctor, Dr. Leigh Ann Curl of MedStar SportsHealth team, who will handle the surgery Jan. 25.
Sun Jones says it's a basic repair and there were no other issues with the knee. Brionna's older brother, Jared, underwent ACL surgery a few years back and Curl also handled that.
Jones, who has committed to attend and play at the University of Maryland, was hurt going for a lay-up in a Jan. 3 game against North Harford, 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.
Jones' high school career ends with 1,812 points. She was on pace to become the first Harford County public high school player, male or female, to score 2,000 career points. Last season she led Aberdeen to its first girls basketball state championship in school history.
Following surgery, according to her family, the goal will be to get Jones through 6-8 months of rehab in an effort to be ready for her freshman season next fall at Maryland, currently the 10th ranked team in the nation.