St. Mary's sophomore guard Maria Smear suffered a broken nose last Sunday during a basketball practice at the school and could miss the Catholic League championship tournament this weekend if she is unable to adjust to wearing an orthopedic mask.
Smear, a second-team All-Catholic selection this season, was injured when she collided with a teammate's head while diving for a loose ball. It was thought that Smear also incurred a concussion.
Smear, who is averaging 10.5 points, 4.5 steals, four rebounds and four assists a game, missed last night's clash between No. 2 St. Mary's (20-4) and No. 5 Gwynn Lake (24-3) at St. Mary's because there was not enough time to get fitted for the mask.
Smear's father, Steve, who was an All-American linebacker at Penn State, said yesterday, "Maria will try the mask out in practice Thursday [tomorrow] and see if she can breathe with it on and see how much it hurts her to run around with it. If she can't breathe properly, she won't be able to play in the tournament."
Steve Smear said one doctor told his daughter not to play at all but a second doctor gave her the OK to play as along as she could handle the mask.
Pub Date: 2/26/97