Alex Law, a four-year varsity starter for the Bucs and the team’s leading scorer this winter at 12 points per game, suffered a knee injury on Sunday evening and will be out for at least two weeks.
“Alex dislocated her kneecap on Sunday night,” Buc s’ coach Katie Kowalczyk-Fulmer confirmed. “It was just a freak thing. She went to stand up and it slid off to the side. It was out for half an hour before a doctor from Shoreline Sport and Spine came back and put it back in.”
Law suffered a similar injury last spring during the Buccaneers’ Class A quarterfinals win over Lansing Eastern. She played in her team’s next game, a loss to Detroit Renaissance in the state semifinals, but was far from full strength.
“She did it last year in the quarterfinals and did play, but she was in a lot of pain,” Kowalczyk-Fulmer said. “It’s swollen and she’s got a brace on, and she’s hobbling around. I talked to our trainer and he said maybe she could shoot for next Friday night against Hudsonville.”
Law’s absence may hurt the Bucs tonight as they host rival Rockford. The Rams are tied with East Kentwood for second place in the O-K Red Conference, one game behind Grand Haven.
“This is obviously a big game,” Kowalczyk-Fulmer said. “Rockford is coming in trying to win a share of the O-K Red. It’s tough, but it’s just one of those things. Injuries happen, and good teams don’t fall apart when you lose one player. We feel like we can beat Rockford without Alex.”
Law recently scored her 1,000th career point. That came on a 3-pointer during the Bucs’ win over state-ranked East Kentwood last week Tuesday.
Law is sits in fourth place on the Buccaneers’ all-time career scoring list.
Kowalczyk-Fulmer said that junior Hannah Wilkerson will start in Law’s place tonight. Wilkerson has started several games for the Buccaneers and brings outstanding perimeter defense, along with a very capable offensive game, to the court.
After tonight’s game, the Buccaneers close out the regular season with road games at West Ottawa, Hudsonville, Grandville and Jenison. They beat those four teams by an average of 24 points during their first time through the league schedule.
Once Grand Haven completes its regular-season schedule, the Buccaneers will travel to Mona Shores for the Division 1 district tournament.
Rockford is this year’s regional host, and if their tournament run takes them to the quarterfinals, the Bucs would play at Lansing Everett High School.
BUCS ARE NO. 1
Grand Haven moved up to No. 1 in the latest Associated Press Class A state rankings, which were released today.
That spot was held by Detroit Pershing, but the Doughboys lost to Country Day last week, 79-35.
“We don’t really talk about that,” Kowaczyk-Fulmer said of the state rankings.
“I anticipated we would move up, just because I saw Pershing got crushed by Country Day by 40. We’re concerned with tonight. It’s going to be a tough game for sure.”
Grand Haven has been ranked No. 1 by Detroit Free Press preps writer Mick McCabe for the past several weeks.