Girls Basketball

Lebanon all-state guard might be out for the season

Lebanon High School basketball player Kendra Bass was the Belleville News-Democrat’s Class 1A-2A Player of the Year in 2017. She may have been lost to the Greyhounds for the remainder of this season with a torn ligament in her knee.
Lebanon High School basketball player Kendra Bass was the Belleville News-Democrat’s Class 1A-2A Player of the Year in 2017. She may have been lost to the Greyhounds for the remainder of this season with a torn ligament in her knee. Derik Holtmann

The Class 1A State Tournament hopes of the undefeated Lebanon Greyhounds were dealt a severe blow this week with the news that senior all-state guard Kendra Bass has a torn ligament in her right knee and could be done for the season.

A four-year starter for the Greyhounds and a second team all-state selection a year ago, Bass suffered the injury in the opening quarter of Lebanon’s 62-14 win at Dupo on Thursday.

“Kendra got tripped up and fell on the knee. At first you are hoping its a feeling like knocking knees with somebody and you have a bone bruise,” Lebanon coach Chad Cruthis said Tuesday. “Kendra was on the floor for a little bit and after she came to to the sideline the pain subsided a little bit and she said she wanted to go back in the game.

“When she went in she couldn’t run on it. The Dupo trainer came over, examined her and said it could possibly be a torn PCL.”

Bass, the BND Small School Player of the Year in 2017, had an MRI on the knee Friday. On Monday the Greyhounds 5-foot-5 guard got the official word that the posterior cruciate ligament was torn. Cruthis said Bass is scheduled to see an orthopedic doctor Thursday.

“We don’t know if it’s a partial tear or it’s complete tear. All we know is that its torn. I’ve been trying to have a little hope because I feel terrible for the poor girl,” Cruthis said. “I don’t know if its only a partial tear whether or not there is enough time for her to rehab the knee and come back and play this year or not. We’ll find out on Thursday. It’s not looking good.”

Teaming with twin sister Krista Bass, Madison Schoenfeld and the Reinneck sisters — Abigail and Emily, Kendra Bass helped the Greyhounds stay on top or near the top of the Class 1A poll all season. Kendra Bass is averaging 14.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.4 steals per game.

The Greyhounds improved to 23-0 on Tuesday with a 47-35 win over Hardin-Calhoun at the Carrollton Tournament. Hardin-Calhoun won the 2016 Class 1A State Tournament and placed third a year ago

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