Two-time Olympian Rachel Jarry has avoided a potentially career-ending injury but now faces a race against time to return for the WNBL semi-finals.
The Southside Flyers forward cried out in pain and went down clutching her knee late in her side's 111-72 win over the Adelaide Lightning on Wednesday. The club feared the worst as Jarry has faced serious knee injuries earlier in her career.
Flyers coach Cheryl Chambers said her close-knit side was elated when scans showed Jarry's ligaments were intact although her knee is still sore.
Rachel Jarry squealed in pain when she injured her knee on Wednesday night. Credit:Albert Perez
"When you hear a squeal like that it puts shivers through you, we all had our hearts in our mouths," Chambers said on Friday. "Everyone wanted her to be OK so we are all very elated."
The Flyers are on four-game winning streak and sit on top of the WNBL ladder with an 8-2 record ahead of a clash with rivals Melbourne Boomers on Sunday.
The WNBL is playing a condensed season in North Queensland so despite being only a few weeks into the campaign, the Flyers only have three games left until the semi-finals, which are scheduled for December 16 ahead of the grand final on December 20.
Rachel Jarry in action with the Flyers. Credit:Albert Perez
Jarry has become a key reserve for the Flyers coming off the bench to either play as a forward or as a small centre when Liz Cambage is out of the game, so her absence will hurt the side.
"There is still some soreness," Chambers said.
"We really do not know [how long her recovery will be]. It's better today than yesterday but we will see how long it takes. We are hopeful."
Emerging centre Rebecca Pizzey will likely see more playing time in place of Jarry.
The Flyers are starting to show ominous form with Cambage on track for a second most valuable player award averaging a league-best 23 points per game although the Canberra Capitals (7-2) and the Boomers (6-2) are both mounting strong cases for their title hopes as the finals approach.
"We have come through our crazy patch of games and we are showing signs of playing more cohesively," Chambers said.
"We play some good teams in the next couple of games so that should let us know where [we] are at."
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