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Kacirek to miss four games

Steve Yingling

Whittell High basketball coach Nathan Tolbert could tell by the tone of Katrina Kacirek’s voice that the news was good.

Kacirek saw a doctor about her injured left knee on Monday and relayed by phone to Tolbert that she had bruised cartilage.

The doctor advised Kacirek to keep pressure off the knee for the next week, and she is tentatively scheduled to return when the Warriors play at Silver Stage next Tuesday.

“You can’t replace a Katrina Kacirek, but it doesn’t mean that we have a player behind her that is horrible,” Tolbert said. “We’re a pretty tight-knit group and now we have a few games to play without her.”

The Warriors’ leading scorer missed most of the second half of a nonleague game with the Douglas JV on Thursday and the team’s Northern 2A League opener at Battle Mountain on Friday.

The knee began ailing Kacirek the day after a home game against Quincy on Jan. 3. The senior talked Tolbert into playing her against Douglas two nights later and then reinjured the knee during a collision early in the second half.

Kacirek will miss today’s game at Coleville, as well as contests with Pyramid Lake, Lovelock and Hawthorne.

“We’ll see if it heals by staying off of it,” Tolbert said. “If it doesn’t, she’ll have to go in for some rehab.”

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