By Tom Robinson, NEPASportsNation.com
Injuries could be an issue in the series of District 2 basketball championships, which will be played in 11 games over 3 days at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, beginning Thursday.
Three all-star guards and 1,000-point career scorers missed all or part of Saturday’s semifinals with injuries, creating varying degrees of uncertainty about their availability and potential effectiveness in championship games.
Kaeli Romanowski, a two-time NEPABasketball.com Lackawanna League Division 2 Player of the Year and her school’s career scoring leader, was in uniform but did not play in Western Wayne’s Class 3A semifinal victory over Lakeland because of an ankle injury.
Kaci Kranson, a first-team, all-stater, had to be helped off the court with an apparent lower leg injury early in the second quarter of Holy Cross’ rout of Blue Ridge. She is also her school’s all-time scoring leader.
Austin Finarelli left the Dallas victory over Nanticoke with an undisclosed injury.
Romanowski and Finarelli have a full week between the semifinals and finals to try to get ready.
Kranson has less time.
The Holy Cross girls play for the Class 2A title Friday against Elk Lake at 4 p.m.
Western Wayne faces Riverside for the Class 3A girls championship Saturday at noon.
Dallas takes on Mid Valley in Class 4A boys Saturday at 4 p.m.
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