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Lakewood guard Tianah Alvarado, last year's Class 4A player of the year, hurt her knee last week and is having an MRI exam this week to find out the extent of the injury.
"We don't think it's an ACL, but we're going to find out everything this week," Spartans coach Necole Tunsil said.
Tunsil said the best-case scenario is to hold Alvarado, a junior, out until the Queen of Palms tournament in Fort Myers Dec. 28-30. That means Alvarado will miss Wednesday's game against rival St. Petersburg, a game that will most likely determine which team represents the South in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference championship game.
"I think we can still be in the game against St. Petersburg without Tianah," Tunsil said. "In the grand scheme of things, this game and the PCAC game are not as big as the district and postseason. We need Tianah ready for that."
But if Alvarado is gone for a significant amount of time it could be a blow to the Spartans' chances of repeating as state champion. Last year, Alvarado averaged 22 points and scored 23 and grabbed 13 rebounds in the Class 4A final.