Just about everyone in the gym at the time, including myself, was thinking the worst. Everyone knew, but no one wanted to say it. And no one did say anything. The first one to say those cursed words “ACL tear” was a doctor at the emergency room.
The Panthers came into the game with a 7-0 record overall (2-0 in the Southwest Prairie Conference), while the Wolves were 5-2 (2-0 in the Southwest Prairie Conference).
The game had the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows. Nobody rode that rollercoaster more than Oswego senior Jennah Rogers who scored 16 points and snagged 17 rebounds. She had an opportunity to win the game in regulation but was unable to convert, but eventually played hero and sent the game to double overtime with a putback buzzer beater.
Oswego’s varsity basketball (5-0, 1-0) has started red hot, jumping out to an unexpected 5-0 start including their first conference win on Wednesday against Plainfield North (2-2, 0-1). The opening push has been propelled by senior Kobe Adams, who is averaging 24 points per game in the first five games, including 25 in the 51-46 win over the Tigers.
Just over a week ago, the Oswego Panthers girls basketball (24-7) team lost their starting point guard, sophomore McKenna Engler, to a devastating knee injury in a regional semi-final win. Now, three games later, the Lady Panthers are headed back to Super Sectionals for the first time since 2010.