Clutching her left wrist, New Mission junior guard Deandra Humphries sat on the bench and watched the O’Bryant girls’ basketball team receive the trophy for winning the Boston City League tournament championship game on Thursday night at Madison Park.
“It’s tough because we know we could’ve won,” Humphries said after the 44-39 loss. “So it’s always hard to watch somebody raise the trophy knowing you’re the better team.”
With 2:18 left in the first half Humphries, who averages 14 points per game, suffered a left wrist injury with her team leading, 16-12. She sat out the rest of the half and the teams went into the locker rooms tied at 16.
Humphries spent most of the third quarter futzing with the tape on her wrist, which she eventually took off, and with 5:44 left in the final quarter she scored her sixth and final point to give her team a 34-33 lead.
Seven seconds later, however, she fouled out.
The foul put O’Bryant forward Kiana Daley on the line, and she hit both foul shots before scoring 3 more of her game-high 22 points down the stretch.
“She is a big part of their team but we didn’t see it as stop playing, even though she was out of the game we still had to keep playing and keep the intensity up and push forward,” Daley said. “She is one of the big players. I noticed she had four fouls so I kept going at her. She ended up fouling me and fouling out.”
While Humphries, who also fouled out of a 46-34 loss to O'Bryant Feb. 15, said her wrist didn’t throw her off her game, New Mission coach Briana Forde said the injury not only threw Humphries off her game it got to the entire team.
“I talk to the girls about if you’re that substitution you have to be able to bring that intensity or match the intensity of that person you’re substituting for,” Forde said. “Unfortunately in terms of our guards I don’t think that that happened. I feel like we did have some players later on down the stretch that did step up and do some things for us.
“It did [mess with Humphries mentally] and I think to a certain degree it took the rest of our team out of their minds as well. We’re just going to nurse [her wrist] right now to see how she does overnight. It there is some swelling unfortunately we’ll have to go to the doctors. Right now she has mobility in it which makes me not worry about it being broken but it could be a sprain. It’s never a good situation when you have one of your good players go out with an injury.”
Humphries said she is a little worried that she won’t be healthy for the state tournament but she said Thursday's loss will motivate the team.
Humphries said the city tournament is for bragging rights, but states are for all the marbles.
“States are the bigger thing,” she said.
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