For the third consecutive season, one of the Olentangy Liberty High School girls basketball team’s best players will miss extensive time with an injury.

Sophomore Teegan Pifher, a 6-foot-1 wing player who averaged 13 points and seven rebounds and was first-team all-OCC-Buckeye Division last season, landed awkwardly about five minutes into the Patriots’ 47-38 loss to Olentangy on Dec. 5 and spent the rest of the game on the sidelines icing her right knee.

According to coach Sam Krafty, it’s possible that Pifher has a torn ACL, which would keep her out for the rest of the season. An MRI is scheduled for Dec. 12.

Liberty also endured injuries to key guards Alexa Fisher in 2015-16 and Bre Yashko last season.

“I'm hoping for the best (from the MRI),” Krafty said. “(It) really is a blow for her. This is what she loves to do. (She’s the) hardest-working, most driven kid I’ve ever been around. ... (I) feel bad for the kids. (They’ve) got to find a way to keep fighting.”

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