BANGOR — After hyperextending her left knee in a preseason game, Paige Martin didn’t think she’d need to see a trainer, let alone a doctor.
“I didn’t think too much of it because I could walk on it the next day, but the swelling didn’t go down, so I went to a doctor and he told me I had a torn ACL,” said the John Bapst junior guard.
The doctor, who also happens to have two daughters who are teammates of Martin, told her he has had patients who could play on torn anterior cruciate ligaments and did.
“The choice was mine if I wanted to try and play on it because I couldn’t do any more damage to it,” Martin said.
So she played, and not just well enough to stay on the team…. Well enough to start.
“It doesn’t hurt when I play and it doesn’t hurt after,” she said. “I got a special brace and it seemed more restricting at first, but now I can’t even tell it’s there. When I first started playing with it, I had trouble moving sideways because with it I have to move my whole foot.”
Martin showed no gimpiness or trepidation on the court Friday night as she helped lead her No. 3 Crusaders to a quarterfinal win over No. 6 Hermon.
It was a meaningful matchup for Martin, a Glenburn resident who came to Bapst after playing middle school ball at Hermon Middle School.
“I transferred from Hermon and things didn’t end well over there,” she said. “I’m still friends with some of them (Hermon friends), but some of them not very much.
“It also means a lot to win this first one because a lot of people didn’t think we’d even be on the radar and here we are No. 2.”
Martin will have knee surgery to repair the tear shortly after her season is over. She’s hoping that will be the week after March 4, the date of the Class B state championship game.