The comeback is complete.
After blowing out her left knee during a summer league tournament game, Gatesville point guard Sarah Latham was in serious jeopardy of missing her entire senior season.
It took months of exhausting rehabilitation, but Latham managed to return to court in time for the Lady Hornets’ District 8-3A opener against Lampasas last Friday, and the four-year varsity player made an immediate impact.
Latham finished with a team-high 10 points in her season debut, connecting on a pair of 3-pointers to help Gatesville earn a narrow 34-33 win.
For Latham, simply being on the court was a victory in itself.
“It was amazing,” she said of her return. “I missed it so much while being out. … It was the best feeling to hear my name announced as the starting point guard again.”
In addition to helping Gatesville (9-10, 1-1) tally a victory, Latham’s performance earned her the KDHpressbox.com Player of the Week award as she dominated the polls, receiving 60 percent of the vote.
The outcome overwhelmed Latham.
“I’ve never had anything like this,” she said. “I’ve never even thought about being the player of the week. (To have the community support me like this) is great. It is neat to know they are supporting me and our team. It is pretty awesome.”
Latham accounted for 448 of the 750 votes cast, beating out a pair of Class 5A basketball players, who were separated by a mere 36 votes.
Copperas Cove wing Rashard Odomes finished second, receiving 21 percent of the vote to narrowly edge out Ellison junior Jordanna Porter.
Odomes contributed 24 points in the Bulldawgs’ 64-60 victory against Ellison last Friday, giving the program its first win against the Eagles since 1994. Porter finished with 16 percent of the vote after scoring 21 points in the Lady Eagles’ 48-46 win against Copperas Cove.
Gatesville senior guard Seth Martin rounded out the nominees following a 33-point outburst, including a career-high eight 3-pointers, against Taylor.
With her high school career winding down, Latham is extremely appreciative of her remaining time with the Lady Hornets, especially following all she has been through, but she is also determined to help Gatesville return to the playoffs this season after being absent last year.
“I practice every day like it is my last time to practice,” Latham said. “That is something I have definitely learned to do. But there is a lot of, not necessarily relaxing, but just enjoyment and love of the game going on right now.”