Injury has given Doty new perspective

Caroline Doty, the No. 10 ranked player in the 2008 HoopGurlz Hundred, is recovering and rehabilitating with great success from her Sept. 7, 2007, anterior cruciate ligament tear. She tore the ligament playing soccer for Germantown Academy.

Doty hopes to be back on the court by May or June of this year, in time for the Connecticut commit to enroll in summer quarter and begin working out with her teammates. The injury has helped her in two major ways, seeing the game differently as she has been relegated to watching from the bench and an increased dedication to the weight room.

Doty jogged her first full mile since the injury on Thursday. "I ended up jogging it in 10 minutes," Doty said. She has progressed by all accounts on or ahead of schedule which she attributes much of that success to her first week after surgery. She planted herself on the couch and kept it elevated and iced every second possible which has led to very little swelling and very little pain.

Despite the progress Doty is now becoming active enough to see just how far out of shape she has fallen.

"I'm in this cycling class and my breathing is ridiculous," Doty said, "I've never been this out of shape in my life and it's the worst feeling in the world."

Following the week of ice and elevation Doty started working with very basic exercises such as zero-weight leg lifts to rebuild her quadriceps muscle. That week her physical therapist Debbie Haynes unwrapped her knee, put new bandages on and started the arduous process of bending the knee. The first step was getting it to 30 degrees and then 10-percent intervals in the days and weeks to come. In the third week after surgery they reached the 90-degree milestone, their goal for the first month.

"To tell you the truth I didn't feel much pain," Doty said. "I never had any really bad pain in my knee at all. She now has full range of motion.

Doty visits her physical therapist three times a week for rehabilitation. She stars with a five-minute cycling routine, then seven to 10 minutes on the elliptical machine. She does leg presses and squatting to work on her balance as well as build strength. She does another 30-minute cycling routine, works her upper body and finishes with a jog. "I'm dying by the end," Doty said.

Doty is shooting free throws and shots she can execute without jumping and is an extra coach in practice and games. Her regionally ranked Germantown Academy team upset regionally ranked Archbishop Carroll Thursday night by 12.

Rankings Buzz

The Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association released its latest ranking Jan. 30, and the top ranked team in the state's two biggest classifications remained the same.

Class 5 is the state's biggest classification and Kansas City's Hickman Mills remains unbeaten at 16-0. Most of its wins have been by extremely wide margins, including its 129-6 win at the beginning of a tournament at Penn Valley Community College over Kansas City's Don Bosco High School. Hickman Mill's biggest game of the year may very well be its last game when it takes on St. Louis's Metro Academy, a top 10 ranked Class 3 team.

Following Hickman Mills is Blue Springs (16-2), Kickapoo (15-4), Ozark (15-3), Hickman Columbia (14-5). Hickman Columbia is led by Yvonne Anderson who has committed to play for the University of Texas next year. Anderson's father, Mike Anderson, is also the head coach of the Missouri men's team. Rounding out the top ten are Incarnate Word (18-3), Liberty (16-4), Rock Bridge (15-5), St. Joseph's (15-4) and Fort Osage (14-4). Dropping out of the top ten is Raytown which was defeated 52-37 by Fort Osage last week and by Lee's Summit West by one point the day after the polls were released.

In Class 4 the Bluejays of Marshfield stay atop the rankings with victories over Buffalo and Logan-Rogersville this week. The next three teams in the rankings remain where they were last week with No. 2 Bolivar (15-2), No. 3 Berkeley (17-3) and No. 4 Platte County (15-1). Finishing out the top ten for Class 4 are Benton (15-3), Republic (14-4), Jennings (17-1), St. Francis Borgia (16-3), Dexter (15-3) and St. Dominic (17-1).

In Class 3 South Shelby (15-1) moves up to the top spot and Arcadia Valley (16-2) moves up to No. 2 with previous No. 1 Blair Oak dropping to No. 3 loosing to Southern Boone by 7 before reeling off three consecutive wins. Rounding out the top ten are Mount Vernon (12-3), Portageville (17-3), North Callaway (15-1), Hallsville (15-2), Metro (8-5), Greenville (13-3), and Hermann (12-5).

Class 2 is led by Westran which is a perfect 17-0 while Class 1 has previously No. 3 ranked Cairo at No. 1 at 13-2.


• Think the No. 1 senior in the country doesn't make a significant difference? Since Elena Delle Donne returned from her bout with mononucleosis, Ursuline Academy has defeated regionally ranked Archbishop Carroll, Christ the King, Germantown Academy and nationally ranked Cardinal O'Hara. Ursuline is undefeated with Delle Donne in its lineup.

• The Texas state playoff picture is starting to draw out, but some seeds are still up for grabs. District 20 came down to the wire with Bellaire and James Madison (Houston) each having one district loss. Each of the team's league losses comes at the hand of the other. Bellaire has the better overall record, but red-hot Madison has won 15 straight games. In Texas they play the tie-breaker game. James Madison refused to play the game, forfeiting the top seed to Bellaire.

• Tennessee High School (Bristol) won its 20th game of the season against cross-town rival Virginia High School (Bristol) 54-47 and moved one step closer to its fourth straight District 1-AAA championship on Wednesday.

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