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Tue. March 23, 2010 | Izzy Gould | Email

Gulf rising senior Nicole Adams, the Times North Suncoast girls basketball Player of the Year, has been hospitalized with a viral infection in her pancreas.

Adams was taken to the emergency room Saturday morning at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital in New Port Richey, then transferred to Morton Plant Mease Countryside on Saturday afternoon.

Her father, Tom Adams, wrote in an e-mail that the infection caused "severe abdominal pain and her enzymes to go haywire."

Adams was in Orlando training with her AAU team, the Orlando Comets, when she began feeling pain. As of Tuesday afternoon, Adams was still resting in the hospital. She had her first meal Monday night.

"I think she's turning a corner," Tom Adams said Tuesday. "There were tough moments because of where (the infection) was and where the elevations were. The enzymes were high. That affects the liver and spleen. That was the scary part. She had some kind of chest congestion. All of it was playing into one piece working against her. She ate last night for the first time. Only 30 percent of the pain came back."

"We're doing stuff, we're reading books," Tom Adams said. "She has a great spirit. She's very thankful for people who called and texted her. She's just tired and weak. It's hard for an athlete like that to lay down for four days."

Tom Adams said they were waiting on the results of blood work and hoped Nicole would soon be released. She will remain on a low-fat diet though she could be cleared to practice on her own with no contact for up to a month.

Nicole averaged 18.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists as a junior. She is being recruited by various colleges, including a handful of Patriot League and Ivy League schools.

"We're not thinking about that right now," Tom Adams said. "We're just trying to get her out of here. Right now I'm encouraged."

igould@sptimes.com

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