Digital Harbor's A'Lexus Harrison breathed a sigh of relief Saturday afternoon when doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital told her that she had only slightly sprained her right knee during a game at the 17th annual Basketball Academy.
Harrison, a 6-foot All-Metro forward-guard who has signed with Maryland, said Saturday night that nothing was broken and no ligaments were torn when she got tangled up with an opposing player while battling for a rebound. With her knee bent in an awkward position, Harrison had feared she might join a growing list of elite Baltimore-area girls basketball players sidelined this winter with knee injuries.
"I was really, really relieved," said Harrison, who was in a lot of pain right after injury. "I have to go back to the doctor when the swelling goes down. For now I have crutches, so it's ice, rest, elevate and pray a whole lot."
Harrison and Digital Harbor coach Patrick McDonald said they weren't sure how soon she would be able to get back on the court, but the injury does not appear to be season-ending.
At Morgan State's Hill Field House, Harrison was playing in the final two minutes of the No. 5 Rams' 50-41 loss to No. 9 Milford Mill when one of the Millers inadvertently pushed her teammate Dionna White into Harrison along the baseline.
"She pushed Dionna into me and my body was still going forward, so it caught my knee," Harrison said. "It was just a pain, a really sharp pain, because I was leaning forward and she was coming back."
Harrison was in obvious pain and had to be carried from the gym by McDonald. She was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins.
Fortunately, Harrison likely will not join three other All-Metro players who are out for the season with torn anterior-cruciate ligaments, including future University of Maryland teammate Aberdeen's Brionna Jones, last season's Player of the Year, who had surgery Friday. New Town's Jannah Tucker (Tennessee) has been out all year and Glenelg's Emiily Russo (UMBC) has missed the last month.
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