Even with all the talk of athletic injuries lately, skull fractures on the basketball court haven't been much discussed. And, truth be told, they're pretty rare. But DeLaSalle senior guard Mariah Adanane suffered just such an injury the other day. She is expected to be hospitalized about 5 days. Coach Faith Johnson Patterson said she would be out at least a month, but given the severity of her injury I (and others) are assuming that her high school career is over. Best wishes for a full recovery to Mariah.
She has a nose for the basket and is a very creative and intuitive scorer whose talents are acutely missed by her team. The defending state AAA champs have now suffered 3 losses to White Bear Lake, Providence and Hopkins. They're still unbeaten in their class but rank #2 behind Fergus Falls, who defeated Providence. They've come to be regarded as, well, not quite the slam dunk to repeat that many thought coming into the year. The loss of Adanane cannot help.