Lizzie Seymour was one of the region's top young basketball players her freshman and sophomore seasons. She helped lead her Indians to a sectional championship as a ninth-grader.
Then, a slide into third base in softball the following summer changed everything. She fractured her L3 vertebra and consequently sat out the 2012-13 basketball season.
Wearing a back brace, Seymour played two-thirds of L.C.'s softball season. She has verbally committed to play softball at George Mason.
Seymour has chosen to not play basketball for Lake Central this upcoming season, her last in high school.
"It was a tough decision," Seymour said, "but I was more worried about George Mason and my softball career. I wanted to get back to full strength."
Last fall Seymour was working out for basketball and came down "funny." Some pain started. Minnesota wanted her to go to a college exposure tournament in St. Louis because the Golden Gophers were recruiting the infielder.
She slid into third base and she knew something was wrong. Very wrong.
Her father, Bob, said, "My God, she's done playing softball and basketball."
But the Seymours got some medical help and found out that this injury is common. She played travel ball this summer with the Beverly Bandits without a brace.
She's been working hard at strengthening her core.
"The fact that I didn't play (basketball) last season made the decision easier," Seymour said. "I was used to not playing."