It appears the knee injury suffered by Woodlands girls basketball star Teisha Hyman on Dec. 11 is more serious than initially thought.
Hyman, a junior standout who left the game in the first quarter three points shy of her 2,000th career point, announced on Twitter Tuesday afternoon that she has a torn medial meniscus in addition to a previously reported anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear.
“I didn‘t think that at all,” Hyman said Thursday afternoon during a phone interview. “I just thought I dislocated it. I didn‘t think there was a tear.”
Hyman said she got angry when informed of the diagnosis. No surgery has been scheduled yet, as Hyman has been doing physical therapy since the injury. She is looking to have the surgery done in a couple of weeks.
News12’s Greg Thompson first reported on Dec. 15 that Hyman tore her ACL and quoted Falcons head coach Warren Bunkley saying Hyman was “determined to be back in six months.” With the news of the meniscus also being affected in the injury, Hyman’s timetable to return will likely surpass her six-month target date.
Patients who undergo ACL surgery are typically advised not to put weight on the knee for 7-10 days, but those who also had surgery on their meniscus . Hyman said she is still shooting to be back closer to six months.
“It‘s whatever God says,” she said.
Hyman said after the Dec. 11 game that her knee felt weak whenever she tried to stand or put weight on it. The high-scoring guard currently holds Division I offers from two-dozen programs, a handful of whom were in the gymnasium at the time of the injury.
Hyman joins a list of prominent local girls basketball players who suffered an ACL tear, although the end results for those that preceded her have varied significantly.
Albertus Magnus alumna Kelly Guarino , the first two of which took the standard six-to-nine months of rehabilitation time. Her third tear took closer to a year to recover from.
She went on to be named to the All-Freshman Team in the Atlantic Sun Conference while playing for the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Briarcliff guard Carly Fanelli tore her ACL and meniscus in the and missed the next two seasons due to the injury.
Most recently, Ossining junior Aubrey Griffin. Following the injury, Pride head coach Dan Ricci said she would be shut down for the entire high school and AAU season with the goal of having her back for the start of the 2017-18 season.
Griffin, who was a alongside Hyman, is currently second in the section with 26.3 points per game.