Two-time All-Eastern Maine Class D basketball tourney selection Mackenzie Worcester of Washburn High School will be sidelined for at least three weeks after breaking a bone in her shooting hand during a fitness class on Wednesday.
Worcester, a junior guard, has scored 1,007 points in her two seasons at Washburn. She was a Bangor Daily News All-Maine honorable mention last season.
Washburn has won three consecutive Class D state basketball titles.
Worcester, who is coming off a tremendous 50-goal season en route to leading her school to its first-ever Class D state soccer championship, was playing a game Wednesday in which she was trying to block a classmate’s attempt to throw a foam ball to knock another one off a cone and they wound up hitting hands.
Worcester said she missed the ball and wound up suffering “a clean break of the fourth metacarpal bone.”
The doctor told her “injuries like these heal on their own. There’s nothing I can do to speed it up.”
She will get a protective brace for her right hand next week so she can practice with the team using her left hand and she said she will get another X-ray in three weeks.
“I’m a little bummed out. I like to be involved at practice. But as long as I’m watching, it’s keeping my mind off it,” said Worcester, who was the MVP of the 2012 EM Class D tourney. “It doesn’t really hurt unless I try to do something with it.”
Worcester, who has averaged 22 points in Washburn’s two state-title victories over Richmond, said she is taking a positive approach to the injury.
“It will help me finish around the rim and dribble with my left hand,” she said. “It will also give some other girls more playing time and that will give us more depth. I’m confident the girls can win without me.”
Washburn graduated just one player off last year’s 22-0 team and opens on Friday, Dec. 6 when it hosts Hodgdon.
This story has been updated with a correction on the year Worcester won the tourney MVP award.