The Central High girls basketball team got good news on Tuesday when an MRI on Jimecheia Banks’ knee came back negative.
Banks injured her knee in a game against Opelika last Friday, collapsing to the floor after she was bumped by a defender and screaming in pain. The immediate reaction from Lady Red Devils coach Carolyn Wright was not positive after she had been told there was a lot of swelling and the injury “did not look good.”
Instead, it was determined on Monday there were no broken bones and on Tuesday an MRI showed there was no ligament damage in the knee. It is being treated as a knee sprain, and Wright said in an email to the Ledger-Enquirer that she would be able to return this season. Elaborating on the prognosis after the team’s 68-61 loss to Kendrick Tuesday night, she said she hoped the team would get Banks back within a matter of weeks.
“We’re just happy there’s no serious damage and we’re playing it by ear (on her return),” Wright said.
Banks sat on the bench during the loss to Kendrick, her right knee wrapped and her leg in a full brace.
Banks, a senior, is arguably the team’s top player, having already signed a Division-I scholarship to play college ball at Winthrop.