Good Counsel senior Amanda Fioravanti, a Virginia signee, recently discovered that she played in the final games of the season with four fractures and a torn ligament in her right (shooting) hand. The injury is not likely to require surgery and should be cleared up long before she reports to Charlottesville.
Fioravanti fell on her hand in a Jan. 27 game at Archbishop Carroll (Pa.). X-rays did not show anything of note, and she returned after sitting out two games. The injury bothered her late in the season, however, and two days after Good Counsel lost to St. John’s in the WCAC championship, an MRI showed the damage.
Fioravanti sat out the Falcons’ first two games at the Bishop Walsh Girls Invitational Tournament in Cumberland, Md., last week but got clearance to play in the third-place game Saturday, the last outing of her high school career.
“I was in pain whenever I caught the ball or shot the ball,” Fioravanti said of the late-season discomfort. “After the [WCAC] championship, I thought I really needed to do something about it. I couldn’t flick my hand all the way. I could only do layups and that was probably barely it. I couldn’t step out further. Free throws were terrible.”
In her last three games, Fioravanti made nine of 21 foul shots, 42.3 percent. Prior to that, she made 135 of 197, 68.5 percent. One of the recent misses came on a possible three-point play in the WCAC championship with her team trailing by one with 13.7 seconds left.
Days after that game Fioravanti attended senior night in Charlottesville and while there the Virginia doctors said that the injury was healing nicely.
Good Counsel Coach Tom Splaine was pleased to see Fioravanti on the court one last time in a Falcons uniform at Bishop Walsh.
“She wasn’t on a lot of college road maps during her freshman and sophomore years,” Splaine said. “She had some good moves and stuff coming in but the book on her was that her foot speed would hold her back in college. She went to speed agility training, changed her diet. Her work ethic is second to none. She’s been an inspiration to a lot of kids.”