Weston High School senior Christina Welsh will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury in Tuesday's 48-32 win over New Fairfield, girls basketball coach Dan Rosen said Thursday. Welsh was the state leader in steals, the team's point guard and its second-leading scorer.
"It's a devastating loss for us,'' Rosen said. "We haven't even had a chance to meet as a team and talk about it."
Rosen said Welsh sustained injuries in the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, and medial collateral ligament, or MCL, in her right knee. The injury occurred from a collision in the lane with 5:49 remaining.
Welsh averaged 11.6 points per game. She was also the team's leader in assists and was second in rebounds. She was also a force on defense, where she averaged 7.3 steals per game. Welsh played a brilliant game Tuesday before the injury, scoring 12 points while grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out seven assists.
Weston is having one of its best seasons ever under Rosen, a first-year coach who previously served as the boys' junior varsity mentor. The Trojans are 11-1 overall and 7-1 in the South-West Conference. Some of Weston's challenging league games loom in the final few weeks of the season, including contests against Lauralton Hall (8-2), Kolbe-Cathedral (9-3) and Pomperaug (8-2).
Weston also lost sophomore point guard Taylor Swanson for the season with a knee injury Jan. 7.
"Our team has dealt incredibly well with adversity,'' Rosen said. "I have confidence we'll deal with it as well as we possibly can. It's going to be difficult to deal without somebody who, in my opinion, should a first team all-league selection."
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