Athlete of the Week Unruh leading SF Christian to banner season
Chargers Unruh has bounced back from knee injury for big senior season
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) -Basketball is an escape for Lexi Unruh. “Lots of it is just the team chemistry and all the fun that we have together. When I step on the court everything from life just kind of disappears and it’s a whole nother family,” SF Christian Senior Lexi Unruh says.
Which might explain her free wheeling style. “You watch her play and she’s just all over the place and all over the floor and she really just has no fear. It kinda some times takes my breath away,” SF Christian Head Coach Andrea Begeman says.
Through her first two years at Sioux Falls Christian Unruh had already scored more than 650 points and earned a scholarship offer from Creighton University entering a her junior season. “30 seconds into the first game. When it happened I felt something was off but I think I was just trying to deny it. I got back up, tried to keep playing, but it just felt off the whole time. The trainer told me eventually that he thought I tore my ACL and I tried to deny it the whole way through,” Unruh says.
Though the injury would cost Lexi her season, she was determined not to lose anything else. “I called Creighton and I broke down crying. And the coaches told me that they would never take away my scholarship and they knew that I was going to work for it. It was painful. Lot of pain at first. But it honestly started to become almost like another escape being able to just work out again and know that all that hard work was going to be able to help me in the future,” Lexi says.
And she’s returned to All-State form this year, leading the Chargers in scoring and to a 13-2 record. “Knowing her you know she’s going to work hard to get back to it and that it wasn’t going to be the end. She worked really, really hard on her rehab and that’s why she’s back probably better than she was as a sophomore,” Begeman says.
Adding real life grit from overcoming adversity. “It has felt the same and it feels good to be back. It’s taught me that I have to work for everything I want and it’s not going to be easy but whenever times get tough you gotta push through and know that you can get through it,” Unruh says.
To her otherworldly play. Zach Borg, Dakota News Now Sports.
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