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Mountain View point guard Coggins may not return

Posted by on January 22, 2013 – 11:48 am

These days, the best Mountain View girls basketball coach Henry Bribiescas can hope for is the word “sparingly.”

As in, the best-case scenario for point guard Rene Coggins the rest of the season. A Toros team that’s been without Coggins most of the season and starting center Jordan Jensen all year (torn ACL in summer) will have to plug along with sophomore contributors and a few kids seeing big minutes who might not have originally seen this much time had Coggins been healthy.

But the broken bone in her foot suffered early in the season hasn’t fully healed the way the Toros thought it would, and it’s causing enough pain to keep her out. She returned a couple weeks ago in limited minutes, and Bribiescas said Monday that Coggins has taken injections in her foot to temporarily help the cause, but it’s not working well enough to see the floor for more than a couple minutes per game, if that.

She averaged 8.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists last year as a junior. As evident by Monday’s blowout loss to Desert Vista in the MLK Basketball Classic, the Toros had trouble getting into any kind of smooth offense or defend Desert Vista’s backcourt, which shined in the 67-51 win for the Thunder.

Though No. 17 in the power rankings (as of Tuesday morning), Mountain View might be OK for the rest of the regular season and section tournament without Coggins, at least enough to get into the state tournament.

But once tourney time arrives, it’s going to be tough for the Toros – even with standouts Armani Hawkins and Sabrina Haines – without a true floor “dictator” on both ends.

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