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Wilmette- Loyola Academy vs Phillips Academy in girls basketball at Loyola. Anna Schueler drives the lane under pressure. | Joe Cyganowski~For Sun-Times Media
Until Mark Bowen gets a look at Anna Schueler on Thursday, the Loyola senior’s status is unknown at the moment.
All Schueler knows right now is she tore the meniscus in her left knee in the second half Friday during the team’s 42-41 win over Bogan. She suffered the injury when she tried to stop herself from going out of bounds.
But question is how Bowen, the team physician for the Chicago Bears, will fix the damage he sees on the MRI taken late last week. Surgery puts the Ramblers point guard and three-year varsity veteran out for at least one month, maybe longer, while a scope means less time on the bench and possibly a return before the new year.
“It’s already feeling better,” said Schueler, who will play lacrosse at Michigan. “I am not done for the season, though.”
Schueler, who’s never experienced a serious injury before, was a driving force last season when the Ramblers reached the state tournament and finished fourth in Class 4A.
Without her Saturday, Loyola lost its first game of the season, a 45-43 defeat to New Trier. Sophomore Tyra Mills started in place Schueler and scored a career-best 20 points.
“One of the things I’ve learned from her is to give it my best in everything I do, whether it’s offense, defense, rebounding,” Mills said. “She’s been a good leader.”