St. Mary’s girls basketball battling injuries as showdown with Pinnacle looms
The St. Mary’s girls basketball team played without reigning Tribune Player of the Year Chantel Osahor (knee bruise) last night against a solid Xavier squad, but again showed its dominance with a 72-37 victory.
Courtney Ekmark was held out of the first quarter with a foot bruise but talked her dad, coach Curtis Ekmark, into letting her in for the second and third quarters. Ekmark, who is verbally committed to Connecticut, scored 28 points in that span as the Knights cruised.
Ekmark, Osahor and Dominique Williams have all battled injuries this year, but it hasn’t slowed down St. Mary’s, which is now 13-1 overall and ranked 11th nationally by Maxpreps.
Ekmark and Williams, who broke her foot in July and sat for four months, should be available for a Jan. 21 showdown with Pinnacle at the MLK Basketball Classic, but Osahor’s availability is unknown.
The Pioneers are 18-1 on the season and viewed as the second-best team in the state, led by Oregon State commitment Sydney Wiese.
If St. Mary’s runs the table it should again be in discussion as one of the best teams in the nation, but Curtis Ekmark said that won’t be a determining factor in playing Osahor.
“If our kids are healthy against Pinnacle, they’ll play,” he said. “If they’re not, they won’t. We’re gearing everything toward February (and the state tournament).”