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February 24, 2013

Kalkaska's Guy overcomes knee problems

KALKASKA — When Kelli Guy reflects on her high school basketball career, it’s not the records, it’s not the wins, she’ll remember most.

“It’s the great teammates that I got to play with, and the memories that I’ll always have with them,” the two-time All-State guard said.

The Blazers produced another memory-maker Friday night, winning a third Lake Michigan Conference title in four years with a 67-21 win over Boyne City.

The 5-foot-4 Guy had a Senior Night performance that Blazer fans have become accustomed to — 33 points, seven assists, five steals and four rebounds. She was 14-of-21 from the field, hitting five 3-pointers.

It was quite a finish to the regular season for Guy and the 17-3 Blazers, who start Class B district play Wednesday at Grayling. When the Guy exited the game Friday, coach Dave Dalton was there to greet her with a hug and an acknowledgement.

“It’s been a great time,” he told her.

A time that was also once filled with uncertainty.

Two years ago, Guy had a troublesome knee issue that forced her to sit out several games, leaving her to wonder when and if she would be able to play pain-free.

“She only practiced two or three times her whole sophomore season,” Dalton recalled. “She played in maybe half the games. She loves to practice, loves to play. It was tough on her.”

Guy’s knee started bothering her after a team camp in the summer. The diagnosis: A torn meniscus. Surgery followed.

“Everyone told me meniscus (surgeries) are quick and easy,” Guy said. “That there’s not much to them. I was hoping for that. But there were some complications.”

Guy’s knee continued to swell when she tried to play on it. She had trouble bending it. Guy went to physical therapy, took injections to reduce the inflammation, even had the knee drained. Nothing seemed to work.

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