Hensel to recover from knee injury

BRIGHT FUTURE: Kalee Hensel (33) will be playing college basketball at Olivet. (File photo)
BRIGHT FUTURE: Kalee Hensel (33) will be playing college basketball at Olivet. (File photo)

REED CITY — Her girls basketball career ended a little earlier than Kalee Hensel would have preferred. But she has a college future waiting for her.

Hensel, a four-year varsity senior and a key player for the Coyotes, who finished at 17-4, tore her anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee at home against White Cloud the Friday before  the final regular-season game against Central Montcalm.

Hensel missed the Central Montcalm contest and also the district loss to Clare at home, which ended the team’s season.

“I’m doing all right,” Hensel said last week. “I tore my ACL completely and start physical therapy on Tuesday and my surgery is April 11.”

In the game when she injured her knee, “I was going in for a layup and I went to make a move in front of the girl... the bottom of my leg went one way and the top went the other and I just fell,” Hensel recalled.

“It was really bad timing. I didn’t get to play in districts. It just happened.”

The Coyotes still won a lot of games.

“We had a really good season, I was proud of everybody,” Hensel said. “We played everybody the best we could. Then we lost to Big Rapids (twice), we still tried our hardest.

“I was pretty happy with my season. I did the best I could to help out with my team both offensively and defensively.”

If she had stayed healthy, Hensel was planning on playing soccer in the spring. Once she recovers from her surgery, she’ll focus on a college basketball career with Olivet. She decided on that school a couple of weeks ago.

“They approached me this year around volleyball season,” Hensel recalled. “I visited a few times and decided that was the place to go.”

Hensel  said after surgery, the recovery will take three to sixth months.

“They said it depends on the person and how rehab goes,” she said. “I’ll take it easy until they say I can go 100 percent and I’ll get ready for next year.”

Hensel said her choices of college came between Olivet and Alma.

“I went one last time to Olivet and I knew that was the place to be,” she said. “It’s a small town and reminded me a lot of Reed City, The coaches are great.

“I’m very excited. I can’t wait for the chance to play again. After last season, I decided college basketball) was something I wanted to consider so I went with it.”