Moments into the season opener, Morgan Township guard Trina Coleman landed awkwardly after a layup and jammed her knee. A few weeks later, she dislocated her shoulder against the Argos and missed two games.
Even with Coleman's injuries, the junior maintains a healthy outlook on the rest of the season.
"I did start wondering, 'Why do we keep getting hurt?' but injuries are bound to happen; you cannot think about having a perfect season," Coleman said. "You can doubt things, but it's more important to think positive about it. It could be a stepping stone to learning about the skills of other players on the team."
Coleman has averaged more than 10 points a game in each of her three seasons. She leads the team at 12.2 per game this season. She also leads the team in steals (4.7), assists (2.5) and blocks (1.0).
"Trina has good leadership qualities," Morgan Township coach Kevin Krieger said. "She's been able to shine, even though she hasn't always been able to be on the court. There's not a day she doesn't give 100 percent."
Coleman was still frustrated when she sat out two games with her shoulder injury, missing a highly anticipated matchup with Times No. 3 Whiting.
"I didn't like sitting out; I don't like watching from the bench when my team is on the court," Coleman said. "You feel like you cannot help."
Teammates Katie Bachert and Alison Goetz are watching the rest of the season from the bench with ACL injuries. Hannah Murphy has battled foot problems, Bri Leuck ankle issues; Courtney Osby took a cut on the elbow in practice and Courtney Maxwell missed two games with an infection in her mouth.
"I've had the whole team play the first quarter of the first game and maybe five practices together," said Krieger, whose team rebounded from a 3-7 start last year to win a Class A sectional crown. "We haven't been allowed to develop any consistency like last season, but the team is learning to battle with adversity."
The host Cherokees are 7-8 heading into today's Porter County Conference Tournament meeting with round-robin leader South Central.
It's a meeting Coleman isn't shying away from.
"This game is extremely important," she said. "Anyone can beat anyone else; we certainly hope to pull this one out.
"I feel very strong right now. We've overcome so much, and I'm excited about what could happen."