The Long Island Lutheran girls basketball team pulled out a 65-41 victory over North Rockland in its season opener Sunday, but it wasn't all good news for the Crusaders.
Star point guard Lauren "Boogie" Brozoski suffered what she later called a "severe [left] ankle sprain" in the fourth quarter. Lutheran coach Rich Slater and head athletic trainer Heather Saladino surrounded the Michigan-bound senior as she writhed in pain before her father, Owen Brozoski, carried her off the court and into the trainer's room.
Brozoski went to an urgent care center in Jericho for a follow-up after the game. Slater told Newsday via text message Sunday night that X-rays were negative. No MRI will be needed but a radiologist will review the X-rays Monday, Brozoski told Newsday.
"Painwise -- I'm hurting, but I'm just going to keep positive through this one," she said after the game. "That's all I can do."
Brozoski said "not a lot" went through her head when she first went down with the injury.
" 'How are we going to finish this game?' went through my head -- not anything into the future," she said. "But I knew my teammates had my back."
Family members retrieved crutches -- which they had on hand from a sprained ACL Brozoski suffered in October -- as Saladino tended to Brozoski. "My knee is fine," Brozoski said, referring to the previous ACL sprain. "I've been rehabbing . . . Now it's just another problem I have to worry about, but I'll be OK."
But the ankle injury wasn't Brozoski's only concern Sunday. She exited the game in the first quarter after injuring her right pinkie. She quickly returned after getting taped up, and later said the finger was just "badly jammed."
After spending most of the fourth quarter in the trainer's room, Brozoski emerged on crutches and returned to the bench. Saladino wrapped her foot with ice.
The Crusaders' next game is Saturday against Ursuline Academy (Wilmington, Delaware) in the Tina Thompson Classic in Washington. Brozoski said she's hopeful to return for that matchup.