MOORHEAD-Sam Haiby plans to take off her Moorhead basketball jersey for the final time when she's good and ready. She's not ready yet, even if a tear in the meniscus of her left knee nearly forced other plans.
After knee surgery Thursday, the Moorhead senior guard, University of Nebraska commit and Miss Basketball candidate found out she will only miss a couple of weeks. She said she will be back this season.
In the last couple of days, she's heard speculation ranging from a couple weeks to six months for her recovery. Thursday, she got the answer she wanted.
"To think I might not be able to put on the Spud sweater for basketball or baseball again was tough," Haiby said. "Definitely thankful I'll get to wear the Spud jersey again."
Haiby wasn't exactly sure when she hurt her knee, but it was at some point during the first half against Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Friday, Dec. 29. She played all but four minutes in the second half.
"After the first half, it felt really swollen and stiff," Haiby said. "I thought it might be a hyperextension of the knee. It got a little bit better over the weekend, but I went to the doctor anyway."
Haiby was told she tore the lateral meniscus in her left knee.
"It was definitely scary," Haiby said. "It was kind of hard to hear the news and get through it. It's something you don't think is going to ever happen to you. It's surreal to sit on the bench and know you can't play."
She got an MRI on Wednesday, had surgery Thursday and was told she could return to action in a few weeks. She immediately told her teammates.
"That was really good news for me and my family. My girls at Moorhead were excited too," Haiby said. "When I found out it was a few weeks instead of a few months it was a happy feeling."
Through the first 11 games this season Haiby was averaging 29.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5.1 steals, 3.5 assists per game, while shooting 47 percent from the field, for the No. 10-ranked Spuds.
"Sam is such a competitor, and I know it's tough for her not to be out there, but she's a resilient person, and she'll be back and stronger than ever," Moorhead coach Jed Carlson said. "We fully believe that. She'll get through this with the full support of her teammates and coaches and hopefully we get her back to make a late-season run."
Haiby hurt her knee, but she had plenty of people to help her stand.
"The support from everyone, family, friends, coaches and the staff in Lincoln (Neb.) has been incredible," Haiby said.