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State Tournament: Tigers guard Preservati knows perseverance

By From staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The dictionary's first definition of the word persevere is "to persist in anything undertaken."

That's exactly what Princeton guard Hannah Preservati has done, making the similarities between her name and persevere not as much of a coincidence.

Last April, Preservati tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. Following surgery and rehabilitation she returned to the basketball court this past fall.

She knew the Tigers had a strong team and a chance to make it to the state tournament, something she had not done.

Then, during a game in December, tragedy struck again, when Preservati tore the same ACL during a game in December.

This time she knew surgery would end her high school career, which wasn't an option. Preservati knew she had to persevere.

So she postponed the surgery, strapped on a clunky knee brace and headed back to the gym.

"It's been rough," Preservati said. "I've had to change a lot of my game. I'm just glad I was allowed to play."

Thursday marked the end of her high school career and Preservati is scheduled to have surgery on March 28.

Preservati finished her high school career by averaging 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds.

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NICHOLAS COUNTY sophomore Mykenzie Martin is bothersome to opponents and hazardous to her own health.

Despite her 5-foot frame, the mighty-mite throws herself around with reckless abandon while disrupting the backcourt of the opposition.

She had eight points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal as the No. 3 seed Grizzlies claimed a 47-42 quarterfinal victory over North Marion.

The guard also almost had a concussion and went to the floor at least twice. In the first quarter, she got tangled up while a teammate was working around a screen and hit her head on the court.

Martin was taken off the court and to the bench for a minute before returning to the lineup.

"I was kind of out of it for a little bit and then I tried to get right back into the game," said Martin, who played 29 of a possible 32 minutes.

Just seconds after getting back on the floor, she was knocked down in the paint.

"That's just how it always is," she said, laughing.

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MIKI GLENN'S high school career goes on with a 54-34 Class AA quarterfinal victory over Lincoln (16-10).

The senior guard had 33 points in the win, which advanced the Indians to today's 11:15 a.m. semifinal against Nicholas County.

It marked the third in four trips to the state tournament that Glenn has played in the semifinals during her career, but the first on a Class AA team.

So far, Glenn - the first-team All-State Class AAA captain last season - has played in seven state tournaments, where she has averaged 20.3 points.

In her first game at the state tournament in 2010, Glenn had just seven in a first-round loss.

Last season, she led the Indians to the state title game before losing 52-47 to Greenbrier East.


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