Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 2, 2013

PikeView sisters help each other through injuries

GARDNER — When Alexis May, the only senior on the PikeView girls basketball team, talks to her sister Madison about how frustrated she is with a leg injury, she’s got a sympathetic ear.

Last fall, just before soccer season, Madison, a sophomore, tore ligaments in her lower leg and had a partial tear of her Achilles’ tendon, sidelining her for the fall season.

About two weeks ago, on the brink of her senior basketball season, Alexis tore ligaments in her lower right leg and has had to watch from the sidelines as the Panthers prepare for the season opener on Wednesday night against Bluefield.

“It is funny — sometimes,” Alexis said on Monday afternoon. “But it still sucks.”

Alexis said, “When she was out, in soccer, I kept telling her, ‘Don’t worry. You have next year. You have so much to look forward to.’ ”

Madison said, “I tell her to keep her head up. I know how upset she is that she can’t play right now. I tell her it takes time.”

“She’s been there for me,” Alexis said.

After being on crutches for several days, Alexis is now wearing a walking boot much of the time. She hopes that physical therapy will allow her to return to the basketball floor soon.

“It’s coming along quicker, faster than what I hoped I would,” she said. “We want to play one last season together.”

In the meantime, she has friends that she literally can lean on — her boyfriend Ryan Roberts and longtime “best friend” Bradley Flinchum, who plays on the boys basketball team. Both are seniors at PikeView.

“Both of them have helped me tremendously,” Alexis said.

After having her individual photo taken on Monday in the PikeView gym, she casually jumped on Flinchum’s back to be transported across the floor to the site of the team photo.

She said her injury “throws the team out of whack a little bit, but they’re coming along.”

PikeView coach Karen Miller said, “Seniors, they play a big leadership role. Right now, we don’t have that on the floor.”

“Alexis gives us size, offensively and on the defensive end, and leadership.”

Madison May said her older sister is her “number one fan,” and added, “I can’t wait to play with her. It kills me that she got hurt.”

When Madison was working her way back from her injury, she said, “When I was upset about it, she cheered me on. ... She keeps me up, keeps me confident.”

“My sisters are very important to me. They keep me going.”

Her leg “doesn’t hurt” now, she said, and she is back to full strength. “It’s done very well,” she said. “Jabo (Williams) did a very good job. I thank him for everything.”

Now that she has the role of helping her sister, Madison said, “I tell her to keep her head up. I know she’s upset that she can’t play right now. I tell her it takes time.”

Madison said, “I know it hurts her. I hate that she’s going through it. But she’s definitely going to be back. She’ll be strong and good — as strong as ever.”

“And we’ll end it with a bang.”

— Contact Tom Bone at

tbone@bdtonline.com

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