Weber’s hopes of advancing past the first round of the 5A playoffs were dealt a major blow midway through the second quarter when star point guard Hayden Schenck injured his left knee.
The injury occurred with Weber already trailing 26-13 with 3:29 remaining in the first half. After sitting out the rest of the half, Schenck tried to start the second half with a brace on his knee, but he only lasted about 30 seconds.
He watched the rest of the game at the Maverik Center from the end of the bench with an ice pack on his knee. Nobody knows the severity of the injury yet until he has an MRI on Wednesday.
The injury occurred while Schenck was driving to the basket, and he was inadvertently side swiped by Brighton’s Brandon Miller.
Losing Schenck was a devastating blow for Weber, just as it would be for any team in the 5A playoffs to lose their best player.
“He’s our catalyst. He’s the one that makes things go for us, and then it puts some other kids in a tough position. I couldn’t be prouder of how our kids responded,” said Weber coach Mark Larsen. “We’re not going to measure our season based upon this one game. Weber won 17 games, we’re going to be so proud of that and build on that toward last year.”
The 6-foot-2 Schenck, whose being recruited by several in-state schools, came into the playoffs averaging 19.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 3.2 steals.
“We get him for one more year. Knowing the kid he is, whatever it is he’s going to get it taken care and he’ll be just as strong next year,” said Larsen.