GLEN LAKE — Before every basketball game, Scotlyn Brengman straps a brace to her left knee.
It’s been years since she had surgery to repair a torn PCL. And as long as she keeps her leg strong, doctors have cleared Brengman to play without the brace.
But Brengman continues to wear it. She does it for comfort, but it also reminds her of what she’s overcome to get to this point.
“Sitting out and watching all of the games, it makes you realize you should have probably drank more milk,” Brengman joked. “But, yeah, it made me realize that you don’t want to take it for granted, because I love the sport so much.”
Brengman leads Glen Lake into the Class C district at St. Francis this week after an illustrious career with the Lakers. She surpassed 1,000 career points and is averaging a shade under 19 points a game this year. That’s a long way from where she was years ago, as a 12-year-old, when she suffered her knee injury while playing in an AAU tournament for the Glen Lake Effect.
“We were in a tournament in Midland and we were playing one of our first games of the day,” Brengman said. “I went to the ball and I fell down on my knee. I thought everything was fine, so I kept running and running. Then there was a snap. Later that night when we went to the hospital, we found out I tore my PCL.”
Within a week, Brengman had reconstructive surgery on her knee that included putting a rod in her leg to help the healing process.
“I was in a wheelchair for 3-4 weeks and then was on crutches for another four weeks,” Brengman said. “It was a long process for sure.”
Because of the injury, Brengman missed her seventh-grade season, but came back the following season. Brengman spent her freshman year at Traverse City West, but transferred back to Glen Lake for her sophomore season.