Center Grove’s girls basketball coach Shawn Sanders suspected he had a deep team this season. He found out for sure Tuesday, but not the way he or his team wanted.
The Trojans’ starting point guard, senior Shelby Shaffer lay on the floor writhing in pain midway through the second quarter with apparent knee and ankle injuries after battling for a loose ball.
She didn’t return, but her teammates more than made up for her absence. They outscored host Southport 39-24 after Shaffer exited and cruised to a 65-48 victory in the season-opener for both teams.
Center Grove, which returned all five starters from this past year’s team, turned to its bench for key contributions. Sophomore Bri Gliesmann led the Trojans reserves with 10 rebounds and 13 points, while freshman Lauren Rau and sophomore Jessica Norris logged valuable minutes after Shaffer exited.