Pittman’s early return makes Casey girls more dangerous

The fortunes of the Casey County girls took a turn for the better when Megan Pittman returned to action last weekend, less than 5 1/2 months after she underwent surgery to repair a torn knee ligament.

Pittman played her first game of the season Saturday, seeing nearly 16 minutes of action in the Lady Rebels’ 70-55 victory at Boyle County. She scored 16 points and grabbed four rebounds and said after the game that her knee felt just fine.

And there will likely be more improvement in the days and weeks ahead for Pittman, the area’s leading scorer and Casey’s top rebounder last season, whom coach Randy Salyers estimated was only at “70 or 80 percent” in her return. A lack of conditioning kept her from keeping pace when the Lady Rebels ran the floor, and her free-throw shooting was shaky.

But the same determination that allowed her to return to action even earlier than the goal she set will drive her to keep working so that she be her old self or something close to it by Feb. 21, when the postseason begins. Nicole Coffman has had a remarkable season in Pittman’s absence, but Casey needs that second scoring option to become a serious threat to district rival and defending regional champion Rockcastle County.

It’s unfortunate every time a young athlete has to face major knee surgery, but isn’t it a wonder every time one of them returns to action so soon? Comebacks within six months or less seem to be more common now, but that doesn’t make them any less amazing.

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