Wolves hoopsters welcome back a game-breaker
PETE LUCAROTTI - Herald-Tribune sportswriter
It’s been nearly two months to the day that Lenka Rohova last suited up as a member of the GPRC Wolves women’s basketball team for an ACAC league game.
The Wolves will welcome the second-year guard back with open arms this weekend when the team hosts the NAIT Ooks to open the second half of the season.
“I just can’t wait to play again. It was hard to watch the last few games,” Rohova said.
“I can’t wait to be back and help my teammates to achieve the goals we set.”
Rohova was forced to the sidelines after breaking her hand, reaching for a loose ball against MacEwan College, Nov. 7.
The injury kept her out of games and practices until the Wolves’ trip to Arizona over the Christmas break. After sitting out the first three games to give the injury additional time to heal, Rohova played in the final two, to test the hand.
“I played in only the last two games and I think it was really good,” Rohova said. “I didn’t have to use my arm 100 per cent. I could try for 90 the first day and then start playing again. I think it’s prepared me for this weekend.”
Wolves coach Kim Gravengard was impressed with what she saw from Rohova.
“She looked good, considering she spent eight weeks in a cast,” she said.
“Her shot’s a little off, because she’s still adjusting to her hand being a bit weaker. Ironically, she’s been practicing shooting with her left hand so she’s strengthened her other hand.”
When Rohova returns to the lineup, it will be with a different role than she had for the first semester. Rohova lost her spot in the starting lineup with the injury, as Gravengard rotated Melissa Buhler, Erin Slemp and Jaelle Duinker in the guard spots.
The decision, which is based mainly on easing Rohova back into the lineup, sits just fine with her.
“I think we have a pretty good starting lineup right now so I’m good,” Rohova said.
“I think it’ll be OK if I come off the bench.”
The injury has also given Gravengard a chance to get some of her younger players into the lineup for much-needed experience. She’s been happy with how they’ve responded.
“It relieved a lot of pressure off people like Lenka, Melissa and Erin, knowing that if something is there we have enough bench strength that someone is going to come in off the bench and do a good job,” she said.