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Lost for the season Sain maintains her faith

Lindsey Sain’s senior season started out like a dream. Sain, who worked very hard on improving her already stellar game over the summer, made a three-pointer and stole the ball from a South Iredell player.
That’s when her dream became a nightmare. Sain went to pass the ball to Brittany Jones in transition when it felt like her ‘joint in her knee just ripped apart.’
Sain initially feared the worst.
“I had this sick feeling inside. I just knew deep down that it was torn. It was the worst feeling I had in my life. As soon as I did it I looked for my mom and she was crying.”
Her fears turned out to be well-founded as the doctors determined she had torn her ACL and MCL in her left knee. She was understandably devastated when she heard she was going to be out 5-6 months.
“It really hurts because I worked so hard to improve my abilities. Practice was going great and I only got to play one minute. It hurt me because I wanted to live up to my expectations. It was my senior year, so I wanted to go all out and I knew colleges were looking at me,” Sain said.
Despite her disappointment and fear she will never return to being the type of player she once was, Sain remains steadfast in her faith.
“I ask why, but I know God has a plan for everything. It might be that this knee was in trouble before this happened. I never want to second guess Him because He has a will for my life just like in Jeremiah,” she said.
The Jeremiah she refers to is a scripture found in the Bible; Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you; plans to prosper you and not hard you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
Sain became a Christian when she was four-years old but she recently rededicated her life in the tenth grade.
“Stuff happens and you just have to look at the positives. There are so many more positives that have come out of it than negatives,” he said.
On Tuesday, Sain had surgery. The doctors tell her it will be 11-12 weeks before she can even jog again.
The surgery ended any chance of returning to play, with a brace on, this season.
Lady Wolves’ head coach Franklin Lowery, in his first year, was also extremely disappointed.
“It was a blow to her, a blow to her parents, a blow to the team. Life’s not fair, but it can be rewarding if we live it the right way,” ever-the-optimist said.
“My thing was I saw her look on her face and I told her that she was going to be OK. Up until last Saturday, we thought she was going to be back,” Lowery said.
Sain still maintains belief she will play the game her dad Mike introduced her to when she was only two-years old. This time, instead of the familiar black and gold—it will be in college.
“I just have the love for the game. I’ve had a basketball in my hand since I was two years old,” the 17-year old said.
While she hears the whispers and doubts of other people, that say she’ll never be the same player that averaged 20 points per game last season, she believes otherwise.
“It hurts, but I know my recovery is going to be remarkable. I know if I follow Him and put my faith first then everything is going to work out the way it’s supposed to. If you don’t have faith, you’re not going anywhere in life.”
For the remainder of the season, Sain will have to settle for the role of being a key encourager and verbal leader.
“With it happening the way it did; that sort of prepared her for the fact she’s going to be out. I really believe the girls have really stepped up and they began to experience some success without Lindsey. I think they looked at her and realized what a loss it was going to be, but instead of being down they have looked within themselves,” Lowery said. Sain still has a vested interest in her team and teammates. As Lowery puts it, `She`s still part of the team.` by John Mark Brooks

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