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Class B girls basketball: Shattuck's Katelyn Cummings overcomes knee injury, doubts to get to state tournament

The senior tore every ligament in a game last season, but her desire to keep playing was too great to keep her off the court.
by Jacob Unruh Published: February 25, 2013

When school started in August, Shattuck coach Kenna Young wasn't even sure Cummings would ever walk normal again.

“She had a hard time,” Young said. “Mentally and physically it was hard on her because she absolutely did not like that pain.

“And mentally she knew she wanted to get back, people were telling her she probably couldn't and physically the pain was so hard on her it just took her forever to get to the point where she could even walk without a limp.”

Cummings will likely never be fully recovered. She has moments where her knee buckles, forcing her to sometimes miss a game.

But she is still second on the team in scoring with 14 points per game, serving as the top 3-point threat and team leader.

“It's crazy to see how far I've come,” she said. “I've come pretty far considering that I had, like, 10 things torn.

“It makes me feel good about myself because I was doubted by everyone; I even doubted myself a few times. And now to be playing in the state tournament my senior year is really amazing.”

by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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