Hemmings may have broken another record

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By Larry Goffinet

Senior guard Mikah Hemmings was on pace to break Cannelton’s single-season girls basketball scoring average record before she tore an anterior cruciate ligament Jan. 14. Now she may have set another type of scoring record.
Hemmings went down with 2:58 left in the third quarter of a game against Cloverport.
She already had 22 points in that game, giving her 302 in 14 games for an average of 21.6 points per game.
That would have broken the record of 21.2 ppg set by Kathy Alvey in her sophomore season 32 years ago.
Hemmings had played enough games to qualify for the record, as Alvey played only 17 when she set it.
Girls teams were allowed to play only 18 regular-season games then; Cannelton had 17 scheduled and one was canceled due to snow. So Alvey played 16 regular-season games and one sectional game, an overtime loss to Tecumseh.
But instead of resting on her record, Hemmings postponed her surgery and after sitting out one game came back to play.
She scored only five points in a loss to Wood Memorial but scored 16 against Hancock County Feb. 8.
That may be the most points ever scored by a player with an unrepaired torn ACL.
She was also the leading scorer in that entire game, which may also be a record for a player with a torn ACL.
Granted, there’s not a lot of competition in that category.
Former teammate Taylor Lawalin also played a few games last year with a torn ACL.
And a North Harrison athlete pitched in the Cannelton baseball sectional with a torn ACL in the early 1990s (I believe it was Brian Bentley in 1993, but I’m not 100 percent sure of the name or year).
Apparently it is more common in football. Ryan George said he played his entire junior season for Tell City in 1988 after tearing his ACL in the preseason jamboree.
He said some college football players have also done it. If the medial collateral ligament is not torn and there is no cartilage damage, a brace can keep the knee in place.
Most athletes have reconstructive surgery on their ACL as soon as the swelling goes down enough to do so, though, as their movement is limited with the torn ACL and they want to start the recovery period as quickly as possible.
Cannelton Coach Mike Garrett admitted Hemmings is limited with the torn ACL—she can’t drive as well as she did when healthy.
But she has helped stabilize the Bulldogs’ ball-handling and remains their best perimeter threat—she took all of her field-goal attempts against Hancock County from three-point range.
One reason Hemmings decided to postpone her surgery was she has decided not to play college basketball next year.
She almost signed with Brescia University, but because it is an expensive private school she would have still had to pay about $5,000 per year even with an athletic scholarship.
Instead she has chosen to accept a full academic scholarship from Indiana State University. She said she may try to walk-on for the Sycamores in her sophomore year.