UConn commit Gabby Williams, a 5-foot-11 guard at Reed High in Sparks, Nev., will finally undergo an MRI tonight at 8 p.m. However, in the wake of being forced to leave Tuesday’s 58-37 win over Spanish Springs due to pain in her surgically-repaired right knee, the test appears to be something that will give the family piece of mind regarding the condition of the knee.
Williams’ father, Matt, said there remains no swelling and that she practiced Thursday night without incident. However, she will not play tonight against Reno (Nev.) High.
“She thinks it’s probably just a twist,’’ Matt Williams said. “It’s a huge sigh of relief, but until you get the MRI … But it is because she was able to practice. She was jumping and she was doing the things that she wanted to do. But I just said, `Gabby, would Phil Jackson let Michael Jordan play in a meaningless game right before the playoffs?’ And she said, `No.’ And I said, `So what do you think?’ `I hear what you’re saying.’ So I had to break it down in terms like that and then she got it.’’
Gabby Williams tore the ACL in her knee last Jan. 19 and underwent surgery Feb. 11. Matt Williams said that he expects her to also sit out Reed’s next few games before returning for Zone play Feb. 15.
“I think that she’ll probably take the next couple of weeks off and then maybe come back during the playoffs and really give her leg time to heal up,’’ Matt Williams said. “Keep her out the whole season … Boy, look at what fight I had just for this game (tonight). I seriously doubt that she would … She doesn’t see four years from now. Kids look at this state championship she’s trying to win right now. They don’t see what you could be doing … A year from now you’re going to be playing against Stanford at Stanford with 8,000 people screaming and yelling at you. Right now it’s about, `Hey, my teammates and they’re going to lose without me.’
“She’ll still practice and she’ll still workout and we have a private trainer that does therapy on her. She’ll still play. Her games are going to be such blowouts. They’re going to beat teams by 40 or 50 points. That’s what my goal is. My goal is to have her stay out until she wants to come back and finish strong.’’