Girls Basketball

Hampshire standout Kelby Bannerman could miss remainder of season with high ankle sprain

Hampshire senior forward Kelby Bannerman, a Davidson commit, left her team’s FVC game against Crystal Lake Central on Friday with an injury when she landed awkwardly on her right foot.

Bannerman, a two-time Northwest Herald All-Area first-team pick, received an MRI and was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain, Hampshire coach Eric Samuelson said Monday.

She was unable to play in Saturday’s game against Sycamore but traveled with the team for support. Bannerman averaged 16.4 points and 10.8 rebounds a game for the Whips a year ago.

Samuelson confirmed Monday that Bannerman’s injury will keep her sidelined for at least two weeks. It’s possible that she will sit out the remainder of the shortened season, Samuelson said.

“We need to look at her long-term health and do what’s right for her,” Samuelson said. “I’m proud of her for being a leader. She was at practice [Monday morning] with the team, helping out.

“I’ve always asked her, ‘What kind of legacy do you want to leave?’ From freshman year to now, I couldn’t be more proud of her. She’s a great teammate and a great leader, and she’s just trying to stay positive.”

Alex Kantecki

Alex Kantecki

Alex is a sports writer for the Northwest Herald.