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Tigers' Edwards out for now

2/7/2014

By CONOR NICHOLL

cnicholl@dailynews.net

Fort Hays State University senior Katelyn Edwards will miss between two and four weeks and will not require surgery on a knee injury suffered Wednesday night at University of Nebraska-Kearney, Tiger coach Tony Hobson said.

“It’s basically as soon as she can stand the pain and gets her range of motion back, they say she can try it,” Hobson said in a phone interview Friday night. “But it’s one of those things where we aren’t expecting much, but we are hoping for it.”

Fort Hays, ranked No. 25 in NCAA Division II at 16-4, 9-4 MIAA, will travel to Emporia State University on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. tipoff in White Auditorium. ESU is ranked at No. 7 nationally at 20-2, 11-2 MIAA. Edwards and sophomore point guard Beth Bohuslavsky each suffered injuries against UNK. Edwards was diagnosed with a partially torn PCL, or posterior cruciate ligament. Normally, athletes hurt their ACL or MCL.

“It’s kind of a strange one,” Hobson said. “It’s the one that kind of helps you extend your leg and pull your leg back — front and back movement instead of side to side, but she landed on it really hard and jarred it. Then, the next time she tried to move, it popped and that was it. So, they are just saying nothing for a couple of weeks, and then they are going to play it by ear.”

Bohuslavsky did return to the game, but hasn’t practiced since because of a deep bone bruise on her knee and ankle. She is expected to play against Emporia State, but Hobson doesn’t think the point guard will be full speed. Sophomore guard Taylor Chandler returned versus UNK after she missed four games with a knee injury.

“(Beth) got landed on big time and basically got it crushed into the floor,” Hobson said. “It’s mainly just pain and bruising.”

Edwards, in her third year with FHSU after she transferred from NCAA Division I University of South Dakota, has started all 78 games in her Tiger career, the most of any current player.

“It’s going to be a new adventure for everybody,” Hobson said.

Her numbers have been nearly identical each season: 14.6 points and eight rebounds as a sophomore, 13.1 points and 7.9 rebounds as a junior and 13.1 points and 8.6 rebounds this winter.

“It’s going to depend when she gets rid of the pain, and gets her range of motion back,” Hobson said. “We certainly won’t have her for the near future.”

Edwards was a second team all-MIAA selection two years ago and third team last winter. She is the Tigers’ second-leading scorer and rebounder behind junior center Kate Lehman. Edwards and Lehman surpassed 1,000 career points this season.

“They are just concerned about Kate,” Hobson said of his squad. “It’s her senior year. We have got six games to go in the regular season. We are playing at the highest level we have probably played in six years, and then ‘Bam,’ you get hit with a serious injury to a kid that is that important to your program.

“So there is obviously concern, but at the same time, they are hanging in there and just determined to keep it going without her right now until she can hopefully get back,” he added.

Junior Keriann Shaw is expected to step in for Edwards. Shaw, a three-year veteran, is a strong rebounder and defender, but not the scorer like Edwards. Hobson said sophomore Paige Lunsford will likely play more. Senior Tera Ingalsbe, seeing more playing time the last three contests, could see her playing time increase again.