The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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February 15, 2013

Crowder gets good news on injury front

Crowder College basketball coach Tina Robbins was told some good news in the injury department on Thursday.

The Lady ’Riders, already without Veronica Amos, lost Sarah Sagely to a knee injury early in Wednesday night’s overtime win against State Fair at Sedalia.

Robbins, assistant Melanie Bowers and Sagely’s teammates were fearing the worst.

“I’m feeling relieved right now,” Robbins said Thursday night after hearing the doctor’s prognosis. “It’s a huge relief that it isn’t an ACL tear”

Crowder, 23-4 and ranked 15th in NJCAA Division I, visits Mineral Area for a 2 p.m. Saturday game at Park Hills, Mo.

“Sarah definitely will be out this weekend,” Robbins said. “She’ll return to the doctor on Tuesday. We’ll wait and see what he has to say.”

Sagely, 5-foot-7 sophomore from West Fork (Ark.), is the No. 2 scorer for Crowder and its No. 1 3-point shooter.

Amos, a 6-0 veteran from Kennett (Mo.), has missed several games because of surgery. The date of her return is uncertain, Robbins said.

Chloe Nichols, a 5-10 sophomore out of Oktaha (Okla.) High School, had replaced Amos in the starting lineup.

 Now, Robbins said, 5-8 freshman Dorian Briggs, from Fort Smith (Ark.) Southside, will replace Sagely.

“The kids overcame a lot of adversity in winning at State Fair — the injuries and foul trouble for Terai (5-10 sophomore Terai Sadler),” Robbins said.

“We’ve had injuries and sickness throughout the season,” Robbins said. “Kids have stepped up and we expect it to continue on Saturday.”

Crowder defeated Mineral Area 67-55 earlier in the season at Neosho.

“Nothing is easy,” Robbins said. “That’s especially true when you go on the road.”

Sadler scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against State Fair before fouling out with seconds left in overtime.

Crowder will be seeking an 8-0 record against Region 16 opponents on Saturday.

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