A two-sport star in Iowa had her prep girls basketball season cut short by a horrific accident while participating in team photos in the locker room prior to a game.
Sheffield (Iowa) West Fork High senior standout Lindsey Peterson needed 100 stitches and three plates in her face to help heal the fractures she suffered when slipping and falling onto the corner of a bench upon which she was posing for pictures with her teammates, according to The Sheffield Press (via Deadspin).
“It was the worst thing I’ve seen,” West Fork coach Rodney Humber told the paper, detailing his star's harrowing night at the Mayo Clinic. “It went straight through her gum, affected a few of her teeth and she had a big gash on the right side of her face.”
After earning All-State volleyball honors this past fall, Peterson's final season of high school basketball is over, the coach relayed. To make matters worse, Peterson reportedly suffered the injury -- which may further require plastic surgery -- on her 18th birthday.
Somehow, Peterson's West Fork teammates managed to pull it together at Riceville (Iowa) High, winning by a whopping 55-18 margin after witnessing the traumatic injury.
“They really laid it on them," Huber told The Sheffield Press. "I didn’t know how they were going to respond because they looked pale; looked like they’d seen a ghost.”
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