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Hoisington doesn't let injuries get her down

By: Matt Long
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Oak Ridge junior Katie Hoisington has had more than her fair share of injuries over the years, but vows that a committed effort to strength and conditioning will turn things around. Hoisington, 16, missed all but a few games this season with a shoulder injury and in her second game back late last month, suffered a minor knee injury that has caused her to miss a few more games. She also missed 10 games during her freshman season and most of the offseason before both her freshman and junior years because of injuries and surgeries. When she does get on the court, as she did throughout a healthy sophomore season at the junior varsity level last year, Hoisington is a highly skilled and versatile performer that is one of the best players in the Oak Ridge program. She can score from the perimeter; hit the three and can also play inside and can rebound. In fact, there’s not much she can’t do, which is why she’s a valuable weapon for the Lady Trojans. “Katie gives us a bigger body that can rebound and post up and inside and she can also shoot,” Oak Ridge varsity coach Steve White said. “She provides us a lot of versatility.” Hoisington got her start in basketball in first grade and suffered her first injury when she was in fourth grade, ironically at an Oak Ridge basketball camp. “I landed on the side of my foot at an Oak Ridge camp and hurt my foot and that was that,” Hoisington said. “Then 4 ½ years later I was at the doctor for a toe injury and they found a break in my foot from that previous injury. I ended up having surgery for that the summer before my freshman year in 2008.” Hoisington said her feet have always “turned in” which had in turn caused her to have problems with her knees. In the end, she had surgery on both knees, one during her freshman year and the other before this season, to have the medial plica removed. As a member of the freshman team two years ago, Hoisington started the season on the bench but by the time the season ended, was in the starting lineup despite missing 10 games with her knee injury. Last year on the junior varsity team, Hoisington played a key role in the team, as she led the team in scoring as well as in three-pointers with 61. “Katie was a shooting guard for me but could easily play inside,” Oak Ridge JV coach Annie Lamy said. “She was a great rebounder who was able to read where the ball would go.” It was a solid season for Hoisington, as she made a big improvement from her freshman year. “My sophomore year went really well,” Hoisington said. “My freshman year I was coming back from injury and my confidence level was low. My JV year something clicked with me and I had a really good year.” This past summer Hoisington tore the meniscus in her knee and missed much of the team’s summer program. When she returns from her most recent knee injury, she’s ready to help the team in any way she can. “I’m a pretty good shooter and I like to shoot from the perimeter, but I’m getting better going to the basket,” Hoisington said. “Wherever coach needs me, I’m comfortable.” White said Hoisington is already chomping at the bit to play, but said it might be another week before she’s back. “I’m going to the gym everyday and lifting and I have physical therapy a few times a week,” Hoisington said. “I’m getting stronger and I’m going to work my way back and play through this.”